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Is The Startup America Initiative Moving Fast Enough?

Ray Leach | Posted 11.21.2011 | Small Business
Ray Leach

While I do wish that the macroeconomic situation in the country wasn't making it so hard for the Startup America initiative to generate outcomes more quickly, I actually couldn't be more impressed with the speed and the implementation of the White House's program.

Zach Carter

Patent Reform Bill Signed Into Law After Years Of Debate | Zach Carter | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- President Barack Obama signed the long-debated patent reform bill into law on Friday, finally ending a seven-year nightmare for inn...

Google Moves To Protect Android With Latest Buy

Bloomberg | Posted 11.15.2011 | Technology

Google Inc. (GOOG) bought 1,023 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) as the Internet search and advertising company bolsters its s...

Zach Carter

Patent Reform Bill Passes Congress After Final Round Of Votes On Special Interest Favors | Zach Carter | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As expected, the U.S. Senate passed patent reform legislation by a vote of 89 to 9 on Thursday evening, paving the way for the bill to b...

Zach Carter

Patent Reform Refuses To Die, Congress Keeps Cashing In | Zach Carter | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: The patent reform bill cleared a filibuster on Tuesday by a vote of 93 to 5. WASHINGTON -- The seemingly endless congressional circus known...

Apple Blocks Another Rival Tablet

Posted 11.05.2011 | Technology

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co has stopped promoting its new tablet computer at Europe's biggest consumer electronics fair after a court-ord...

Do Liberals Have to Be Losers?

Dean Baker | Posted 10.29.2011 | Books
Dean Baker

There is nothing efficient about the policies that conservatives have used to restructure the economy over the last three decades. Progressives can design policies that are every bit as efficient that lead to greater equality in the distribution of before tax income.

Are Patents Stifling Innovation at Google? Maybe, Maybe Not

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 10.28.2011 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

The FTC is investigating Google, and Google is mounting a massive public relations blitz in its own defense. Both are probably justified.

Valuing Patents Through Battle

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 10.24.2011 | Technology
Gary Liberson, PhD

The vaccine world has figured out how to allocate royalties and so will Google, Apple, HP, Microsoft, Nathan Myhrvold at Intellectual Ventures and some companies who have yet to formally enter the fray.

Thousands Urge Apple to Pull Censorship Patent

Josh Levy | Posted 10.24.2011 | Technology
Josh Levy

This week, I met up with an Apple representative to hand off the signatures of more than 25,000 activists who urged Apple CEO Steve Jobs to pull the plug on any project that would enable corporate or government censorship.

Battle Over Gene Patents Most Likely Headed to Supreme Court

Simone Rose | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics
Simone Rose

Courts need to be the keepers of the Constitution. But the Federal Circuit has failed its duty in the current battle over the patentability of isolated genes and gene sequences that are crucial to the fight against breast and ovarian cancer.

Presto, Change-o! The New Google

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 10.18.2011 | Technology
Gary Liberson, PhD

Creativity will thrive under the latest round of technology acquisitions. Engineers will need to create workarounds to accomplish functionality that does not violate competitor patents.

Patent Wars and Blackmail in Silicon Valley

Glenn B. Manishin | Posted 10.16.2011 | Technology
Glenn B. Manishin

While the executives at Google have nothing to fear personally from these patent wars, others seem to have a lot at risk.

Google's Motorola Acquisition Shifts the Battle

Stephen Estes | Posted 10.16.2011 | Technology
Stephen Estes

Most companies try to defeat their competitors by beating them at their own game. Great companies change the game and the playing field. Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility does just that.

Guess Who Else Wanted To Buy Motorola?

GigaOm | Om Malik | Posted 10.16.2011 | Technology

Google may not have had much of a choice when it came to buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. If it didn’t, someone else would have and that ...

Google/Android Patent Wars Highlight Need for Compulsory Licensing of Patents

James Love | Posted 10.15.2011 | Technology
James Love

The romantic notion of an individual inventor is not appropriate for industries like the computer, software or mobile phone markets, where collaboration and adherence to standards are key to success.

Google Buys Rat Poison

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 10.15.2011 | Technology
Jeff Jarvis

The Google/Motorola deal is lawyer repellent. Or rat poison, if you prefer. It is a tragic and wasteful byproduct of our screwed-up patent system. Nevertheless, this is good for Google and Android and its ecosystem.

Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Fark Settled for Zero Dollars. Also, Patent Trolls Suck...

Drew Curtis | Posted 10.11.2011 | Technology
Drew Curtis

A lot of you were already aware that Fark was sued by a patent troll back in January. But now it's over and I want to tell everyone what really happened: we didn't pay them a single dime.

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.

Zach Carter

THE SPOILSMEN COMETH: How Congress Corrupted Patent Reform | Zach Carter | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After months of dead-end negotiations over raising the federal debt ceiling, President Barack Obama walked into the East Room of the Whi...

Patent Reform That Will Save Lives

William D. Delahunt | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
William D. Delahunt

The importance of the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to our economy is indisputable. Even more important than the dollars and cents, are the life-saving medicines these companies are developing.

The Startup Act: A Proposal To Jumpstart The American Economy

Carl J. Schramm | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Carl J. Schramm

It's time to re-start America by jump-starting our startup engines of growth. We have no time to waste.

Ingenuity, Patents & Art: 'The Great Hall of American Wonders' At Smithsonian

AP/The Huffington Post | By BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 09.17.2011 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- The Washington building known as the "temple of invention" when it was built in 1836 to hold the nation's patents is revisiting its root...

Buying Freedom to Operate (and Regulate, Tax and Kill)

Brian Kahin | Posted 09.17.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

The Nortel Auction On June 30, the results of the Nortel bankruptcy auction were announced. A consortium of Apple, Microsoft, RIM (Blackberry), Eric...

Proposed Law Could Endanger Internet Entrepreneurship

Paul Kedrosky | Posted 09.12.2011 | Technology
Paul Kedrosky

There are many problems with the PROTECT IP legislation. For starters, a site can be blacklisted the day a U.S. judge receives the complaint. Bang, you no longer exist to American web users.