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Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This was a week that saw the return of former leaders with less than successful results. In the World Cup, Spain fell 2-0 to Chile, knocking the defending champions out even before the upcoming knockout rounds. In an even worse reappearance, former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Fox News to defend his assertion that President Obama has "been so wrong about so much." But host Megyn Kelly scored a surprise knockout herself when she said, "History has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir." As they say: 'Goooooooal!' Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Patent Office canceled several trademarks on the name "Washington Redskins." Though D.C.'s football team hasn't changed its mascot yet, if they do, I'm partial to renaming them the Washington Drones. Other suggestions that came my way on Twitter include the Watergators, the Lobbyists, the Super PACers, the Gerrymanders, the Filibusters and the Weasels. Tough to choose when they all seem so apt.

Software Patents Have Become a Start-up Nightmare

Marty Zwilling | Posted 02.11.2013 | Small Business
Marty Zwilling

The USPTO has been overwhelmed by both the volume and the novelty of applications for software patents, and they can't maintain a qualified staff. Patents currently last 20 years, which is way too long in the software business.

Top 3 Realities of Inventing Today (Part 2)

Patrick Raymond | Posted 08.26.2012 | Small Business
Patrick Raymond

if you are an inventor, here's downer news that few will tell you... you probably can't do it. The odds you face are just too long. So don't quite your day-job, OK? Here are the five forces working against us.

The Top 3 Realities of Inventing Today (Part 1)

Patrick Raymond | Posted 07.11.2012 | Small Business
Patrick Raymond

Yes, innovation and entrepreneurship are the key to unlocking vast personal wealth and ensuring continued national greatness. They're also over-hyped. So let's get real, here.

Is Obama's Patent Reform Hurting American Small Businesses

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Daniel B. Ravicher

While I would never -- and have never -- advocated for abolishing the patent system, because that would be throwing the baby out with the bath water, we do need to fix our patent system so that it rewards innovation, not manipulation.

Another Day, Another Patent Troll

Brad Feld | Posted 01.07.2012 | Small Business
Brad Feld

These days I'm regularly exposed to patent trolls. Sometimes I read about them, sometimes friends email me about them, and sometimes companies I'm an investor in gets sued by them.

Mark Cuban: Solving Our Country's Patent Law Flaws

Mark Cuban | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Mark Cuban

If we had process patents or the culture of software litigation in the 1980s as we have today current technology would consist of running terminals on DEC and Wang Computers at the local library for $10 per hour and there probably would not be a world-wide web.

Startups: Run Hard, Patent Later

John Dearborn | Posted 08.30.2011 | Business
John Dearborn

Patents don't generate revenues, the ideas they protect do. If your idea truly is something that hasn't been thought of before, than run with it for a while before you spend time trying to secure a patent.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Entrepreneur Tries To Trademark The Word 'Ganja' With U.S. Copyright Office

The Latest Word | Joel Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

4-twenty.jpg ​On April 1, the U.S. patent office announced a new trademark: "Processed plant matter for medicinal purposes, namely medical marijuan...

Innovation Shifted To China During The Downturn: U.N. Report

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's an unfortunate fact of a downturn: declining corporate cash flows and slumping confidence usually induce firms to file fewer patents and slash sp...

Trying To Strangle American Innovation

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pat Choate

If Big Tech succeeds in Washington, a greatly weakened patent system is likely to destroy American innovation and invention-led job creation in the next decade.