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Although I enjoy all of my subjects, I regard classes I have taken in the social sciences to be the most meaningful. Whereas some classes use formulas to describe natural occurrences, the social sciences show that not everything is explicable in such a clear-cut manner. The social sciences describe people; they describe the people who make up the formulas and how and why that was done. The social sciences also explain the past so as a society, people can avoid past catastrophes and build upon past successes. Not only do they describe how we act as we do, but why we act as we do.

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Georgetown, Saudi International Relations

Theories of Intellectual Property

This essay has benefited substantially from the comments of Charles Fried, PaulGoldstein, Jim Harris, Ned Hettinger, Edmund Kitch, Ed McCaffery, StephenMunzer, Samuel Oddi, J. E. Penner, John T. Sanders, F. M. Scherer, SeannaShiffrin, Stewart Sterk, and a generous group of anonymous outside readers.

Duke, Chinese Culture/Economics

The history of these doctrines in the United States – and possible reasons fortheir growing importance – are considered in William Fisher, “Geistiges Eigentum– ein ausufernder Rechtsbereich: Die Geschichte des Ideenschutzes in denVereinigten Staaten,” in (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck

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Grady and Alexander, "Patent Law and Rent Dissipation.”

Being so involved in many organizations, I saw the plethora of opportunities before me to take some kind of leadership role. Through 4-H, I started off shy and timid, but eventually I was voted in as group treasurer in 2012; the subsequent year (2013) I was group president. For Upward Bond, I strived to be a model participant, and now I’ve been attending the state student

Merges and Nelson, "Complex Economics of Patent Scope.”

Switching off to a more joyful subject, my years as a 4-Her were very influential in my upbringing. I started off as an 8 year old explorer, with my family already being involved in 4-H, and I am still an active member. Being involved with certain crafts and animal projects, 4-H taught me many skills like: leadership, speechmaking, and perseverance. Most importantly, 4-H gave me the courage to try new things-despite the risks. Without 4-H, I wouldn’t be involved in as many extracurricular activities like quiz bowl, wrestling, Interact Rotary Club, Upward Bound, freshman ignition mentor, and National Honor Society. As a supplement to this, I was also able to do various other programs like: College 101 (U of M), MI HOBY (student leadership) and various other undertakings.

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Harvard, Leadership through Dedication

For debate on these issues, see Donald G. McFetridge and Douglas A. Smith,"Patents, Prospects, and Economic Surplus: A Comment," , 23 (1980):197; A. Samuel Oddi, "Un-Unified Economic Theories of Patents – TheNot-Quite-Holy Grail," , 71 (1996): 267, at 283 (disagreeing with Merges and Nelson);Donald L. Martin, "Reducing Anticipated Rewards from Innovation ThroughPatents: Or Less is More," , 78 (1992): 351, at 356; Robert P. Merges, "Rent Control inthe Patent Districts: Observations on the Grady-Alexander Thesis," , 78 (1992): 359, at376-77.

John Locke, (P. Laslett, ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970), ,Sec. 27.

See Hughes, “Philosophy of Intellectual Property,” at 330-350.

I have dealt with criminal problems in my school by discussing solutions to gangs and other crime in the Student Advisory Committee. We have drafted several proposals to help reduce those problems in our school.

Gregory S. Alexander,  (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997), p. 1.

William D. Nordhaus, (Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1969).

leadership conference for two years (our program has only been involved for two years so far). In NHS, I am currently the group treasurer, yet I plan to run for its presidency this upcoming election. At school I am a member of our Student Council, organizing and running various school functions, with aspirations of taking a leadership role in the next academic school year. I choose not to be a class officer for my graduating class simply because I don’t have the spare time.