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Effective intellectual property protections are imperative to maintaining a robust economy and promoting innovation—and patents are an important facet of this regime.

Britain wants change in Europe, but we have to think harder about what change is worth having.

In the past few weeks, two women took on powerful positions in the financial services. First, Ana Botin became chairman of Spanish bank Santander, following the death of her father Emilio.

Richard Branson’s famous guerrilla campaign to break British Airways’s grip on Heathrow Airport is safe in history as a victory for competition and passenger choice.

Another update, another set of gloomy results from Tesco. The pattern is now well established, and yesterday’s weak trading numbers didn’t come as a great surprise. But one thing that did surprise was the apparent lack of a forward strategy.

Lawson Muncaster, co-founder and managing director of City A.M., says Yes. 

I popped out for dinner last night – suitably dressed. No thanks to the powers that be, City nightlife is alive and well.

It's day 53 for Dave Lewis as chief executive of Tesco. Ordinarily, that might be a time for a new boss to pause for breath, but the fire­fighting engulfing him since his arrival looks like the first act of a much longer-term drama.

On Monday, the government will publish its final response to the Kay Review, which looked at how we can get financial markets to work better for the long-term.

Monday 7 July started out as any other day for me, but it quickly took a dramatic turn for the worse. Mid-morning, my aorta (the main artery from the heart) tore, and the rest of my life changed.

The Scottish Parliament has set out plans to levy its first tax since 1707.

James McGregor, director of Retail Remedy, says Yes.

Mark Price is correct that structural shifts in retail are a far bigger threat to the Big Four (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons) than Aldi and Lidl.

Investment bankers are a bit like accountants. They see opportunities from every eventuality.

When Labour were finally booted out of office in 2010, the departing chief secretary to the Treasury infamously left his successor a note – “I’m afraid there is no money,” it read. “Kind regards – and good luck!”

It was called the “Snappening” – the vast leak of Snapchat pictures, including thousands of nude images, some of them of under-17s – the app’s main demographic.

London is Britain’s global city. Between 1997 and 2012, its economy more than doubled, and that trend is set to continue.

Why can’t the UK government get its deficit down?

It’s here folks. Well, in the US at least.

Freya Beamish, economist at Lombard Street Research, says Yes.

So farewell then, Jose Manuel Barroso. The outgoing EU Commission president’s valedictory tour of our TV screens has underlined one inescapable fact: Europe’s bureaucrats are much too bossy, interfering and out of touch.

Forget political polls and voting intentions. The most important survey of recent months came from Pew Research on the attitudes of populations worldwide to capitalism and inequality.

Geeks and startup types are again gathering today in Billingsgate for TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference, a celebration of London’s tech sector. There’s a lot to celebrate: the sector hasn’t been this hot since the days of the dot-com boom.

Kerry Craig, global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, says Yes.

We have been warning investors to expect more bumps, and this is exactly what we are seeing.

Something truly terrible happened in Hamelin, Germany in the early Middle Ages, something so dire it has become embedded in western consciousness as the fairy tale “The Pied Piper.” Whether the town experienced a severe case of the Black Death, a

What is the role of the lord mayor in the twenty-first century?” It is a common question that has been posed to me and my recent predecessors countless times.
 

Ukip’s rise has led to fear in Westminster. Politicians see how the party has gained momentum, and they fret about the impact on the outcome of the general election next year, and in some cases their own jobs.

Robin Osterley is chief executive of Supporters Direct, says Yes.

A big job interview can be one of the most stressful things you will do in your professional life.

If Darwin really did say it’s not the strongest or most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change, then the world of mobile tech had better watch out.
 
Business bashing is in vogue.

LONDON’s technology sector is booming.

UK UNEMPLOYMENT hit its lowest level for almost six years in the three months to the end of August, dropping to just 6 per cent. This clearly brings some cause for optimism.

THERE has been a tremendous pick-up in volatility in markets recently, particularly equity markets.

Allie Renison, head of Europe and trade policy at the Institute of Directors, says Yes.

After days of fending off suggestions that its £800m flotation was in trouble, the challenger small business bank Aldermore finally succumbed to the inevitable yesterday.

Bankers are not stupid. This is hardly a controversial view in this newspaper, but it is a point which has been messily and repeatedly missed by EU regulators.

WHAT sort of banking industry do you want?

One of the hazards of policymaking is that many of the best-laid plans can have curiously unintended consequences. In implementing policy, meanwhile, government can often find its left hand undermined by its right.

Londoners like to think of the capital as a thriving international destination, full of creative people, bustling with ideas, and a cultural and entertainment rival to all the major cities of the world.

John West, equity capital markets editor at Dealreporter, says Yes.

Institutional investors started 2014 hungry for European initial public offerings (IPOs) – even at full valuations. Not any more.

The decision by advisers to Aldermore, the lender to small businesses, to pull its flotation is the most high profile collapse in the new issues market this year, reflecting widespread concerns that there is little appetite left in London market