“Marketplace Morning Report,” hosted by David Brancaccio, is the business news you need to know to start your day. “Marketplace Morning Report” gets you up to speed on what you missed when you were sleeping, kicking off each weekday with a global business update from the BBC World Service in London.
Airing on Wednesday, April 15, 2015: The news today that the Chinese economy grew at its slowest rate in six year. The numbers are for January to March, and annualized it's down to a 7 percent growth rate. Magnificent by U.S. standards but lackluster by China's standards which has to keep creating jobs for people pulled into the economy from the hinterlands. Next, with the patents and trademarks people celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Patents Act this month. we reach out to Michelle Lee, the newly confirmed director at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, about the so-called patent trolls. This is kind of patent holder who is less interested in using a patent and more interested in holding up other people for licensing money even if they haven't actually infringed.