Ben Klemens

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Ben Klemens
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Born (1975-04-10) April 10, 1975 (age 43)
OccupationEconomist, writer, emoji designer
Known forSoftware patents
Falafel emoji

Ben Klemens (born April 10, 1975) is an Australian economist and author. He works for the US Treasury Department[1] and was previously a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center on Social and Economic Dynamics.[2] He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Caltech.[3]

Klemens is the author of the proposal to the Unicode consortium for the Falafel emoji,[4] which will be appearing across web platforms in 2019.[5][6]

Statistical computing[edit]

In the realm of statistical computing, Klemens has done extensive work on statistical analysis for large data sets and non-traditional models such as agent-based models. He developed an innovative library of statistics functions for C, named Apophenia,[7] and has written a textbook on statistical computing, Modeling with Data.[8]

Software patent policy[edit]

Klemens has also worked on the policy aspects of computing, and in particular the issue of software patents. He has argued in a book entitled Math You Can't Use (ISBN 0815749422) and a law review article[9] that intangibles such as computer code and mathematics should not be patentable subject matter.[10]

Klemens was previously the executive director of End Software Patents, an advocacy group that has lobbied to eliminating software patents and has organized around the Bilski v. Kappos case that was decided by the Supreme Court in 2010.[11][12] He is a featured expert in the documentary Patent Absurdity: How Software Patents Broke the System (2010).[13] His writings on the subject have appeared in the op-ed sections of The Wall Street Journal,[14] Ars Technica,[15][16] and The Washington Post.[17] He has occasionally commented on broader issues of technology policy and patent law.[18]


  1. ^ Klemens, Ryan Nunn, Laura Kawano, and Ben (2018-02-22). "Unemployment insurance and worker mobility". Brookings. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  2. ^ "Ben Klemens". Brookings Institution. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  3. ^ policies, CEP council on economic. "Contributor - Council on Economic Policies". Council on Economic Policies. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  4. ^ Spiro, Amy (2019-02-06). "Falafel emoji on its way to your phone - OMG - Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  5. ^ Klemens, Ben (2018-04-04). "Proposal to Add Emoji Symbol for Falafel to Unicode" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  6. ^ Judkins, Maura (2019-02-07). "Why does the new falafel emoji look like potatoes?". Washington Post. Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  7. ^ "Apophenia". Free Software Directory. Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  8. ^ Klemens, Ben (February 17, 2008). "U.S. expanding the law – domestic and foreign – to benefit corporations". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  9. ^ Klemens, Ben (2008). "The Rise of the Information Processing Patent" (PDF). Journal of Science & Technology Law. 14 (1). Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  10. ^ Klemens, Ben (January 14, 2006). "Math You Can't Use, Ch. 6". Groklaw. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  11. ^ "Ben Klemens on software patents". End Soft Patents. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  12. ^ "Bilski v. Kappos (2010, USA)". End Soft Patents. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  13. ^ "Patent Absurdity: How Software Patents Broke the System". Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  14. ^ Klemens, Ben (2006-03-25). "The Gravity of the U.S. Patent Swindle". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  15. ^ Klemens, Ben (2019-01-10). "Software patents poised to make a comeback under new patent office rules". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  16. ^ Tashea, Jason. "Are software patents about to make a comeback? Revised guidance may do just that". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  17. ^ Klemens, Ben (August 25, 2006). "U.S. Patent Imperialism Hurts American Interests". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  18. ^ Palmer, Helen (July 3, 2007). "$1 million to rat out your company!". Marketplace. Retrieved 2015-04-28.

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