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UCLA Protests Commencement Speaker

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Remember the movie The Graduate? Benjamin Braddock was given one word of advice for his future career: “plastics.” Well, UCLA’s class of 2015 may be hearing another word: patents. That’s because the school’s commencement speaker is Nathan Myhrvold, an entrepreneur who’s been called “patent troll public enemy number one.” A patent troll is someone who acquires thousands of tech patents without any desire to invent something new, and then sues other companies for infringement. It’s a practice that is controversial to say the least. We hear about why students are protesting, and career background on Myhrvold.

Credits

Guests:
Ara Shirinian - Daily Bruin, Josh Lowensohn - The Verge - @Josh

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal