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PATENT: The guaranteed ownership and control of an invention, innovation, or production technique by government for a period of time (currently 17 years). A patent gives the owner the exclusive rights to sell, market, license, or otherwise generate revenue from an invention, innovation, or production technique. Patents are designed to encourage inventions and other developments that promote technological advances. However, they are also an entry barrier and lead to market control.

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3-6-3 RULE: An informal rule of operation of savings and loan associations in the 1950s and 1960s in which a 3 percent interest was paid on savings accounts, a 6 percent interest was charged for mortgage loans, and the president was playing golf by 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon. This informal rule is used to indicate that the savings and loan industry during this period was far removed from the high-stressed financial markets that characterize modern banking.

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PRICE DISCRIMINATION

The act of selling the same good to different buyers for different prices that are not justified by different production costs. This is practiced by suppliers who have achieved some degree of market control, especially monopoly. Common examples of price discrimination are electricity rates, long-distance telephone charges, movie ticket prices, airplane ticket prices, and assorted child or senior citizen discounts. Price discrimination takes the form of one of three degrees: (1) first degree, in which each price is the maximum price that buyers are willing and able to pay, (2) second degree, in which price is based on the quantity sold, and (3) third degree, in which prices are based on an easily identifiable characteristic of the buyer.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time at an auction wanting to buy either a cell phone case or a pair of designer sunglasses. Be on the lookout for strangers with large satchels of used undergarments.
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Parker Brothers, the folks who produce the Monopoly board game, prints more Monopoly money each year than real currency printed by the U.S. government.
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