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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.

Patents: Getting More Than You Paid For

Brian Kahin | Posted 09.06.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

Is PTO an expert government agency in the same sense as other agencies? And what are the consequences of deferring to patent examiners?

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.

House Approves Major Overhaul Of U.S. Patent System

AP | By JIM ABRAMS | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday voted to rewrite 60-year-old patent law to give inventors a better shot of obtaining patents in a timely manner an...

Apple's New iPhone Censors (Er, Sensors) Are Big Trouble

Josh Levy | Posted 08.20.2011 | Technology
Josh Levy

Apple has applied for a patent for software that would sense when iPhone users are trying to use their phone's camera. What's to stop governments from doing the same thing during protests and rallies?

Paul Ryan, Hal Rogers (Rightfully) Oppose Proposed Patent Office Budget Bonanza

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

In this day of trillions of dollars in national debt, should any government agency be given free reign to spend as it sees fit, without any oversight ...

Supreme Court Signals Pending Patent Reform Is Unconstitutional

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

Under a "first to file" system, individual and independent small inventors don't stand a chance of winning the race to the patent office against large corporations.

U.S. Probing Tech Giants' Patent Deals | THOMAS CATAN | Posted 08.05.2011 | Business

The Justice Department is scrutinizing likely bidders for a trove of patents being sold by the bankrupt Canadian telecom-equipment maker Nortel Networ...

Current Patent Bill Helps Global Elite, Not the Little "Guy"

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

In the name of harmonizing our laws with other countries, Congress is about to dramatically diminish the patent protections offered to American innovators over the history of our Republic.

House Judiciary Committee Sides With Corporations in Patent Law

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

In the battle between the American public and lying corporations, Congress seems poised to side with the fat cats rather than you and me.

Facebook for Patents

John Bridgeland | Posted 07.06.2011 | Technology
John Bridgeland

Social media is literally helping fuel revolutions for democracy, so why not a revolution in the system that protects that mainstay of democracy -- invention.

Shortchanging Our Inventors Is Slowing Our Economic Recovery

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 07.05.2011 | Business
Sen. Chris Coons

Congress' delay in ending patent-fee diversion is costing America jobs at a time when we desperately need to be getting more Americans back to work. We need to fight for the power of good ideas.

Google Makes $900 Million Bid For Nortel Patents

Posted 06.04.2011 | Technology

Google has announced that it is making a $900 million bid to acquire around 6,000 patents and patent applications in Nortel's bankruptcy auction. Nor...

Patently Absurd or: How to Go From the World's Best Patent System to Worse-Than-Most in a Single Step

Gary Lauder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Lauder

Congress is responding to the companies who can afford to lobby and not bothering to seek the opinions of entrepreneurial inventors -- for whom the patent system was created over 200 years ago by a single sentence in the Constitution.

The Back Room Politics of Patent Reform

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pat Choate

President Obama took a political swing through the Western United States in mid-February and was a guest of Intel and several other Big Tech corporati...

Supreme Court To Decide On Ownership Of University Patents

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is questioning whether patents on inventions that arise from federally funded research must go to the university wher...

If Progressives Wanted to Win

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

The right uses government all the time to advance its interest by setting rules that redistribute income upward. As long as progressives ignore these rules, they will be left fighting over crumbs.

Is Standardization Progress? An EU Patent

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

With the push for reform of the patent system in the United States, news regarding a unified patent system for the European Union garners a mixed response.

UT-Arlington Alumnus Still Seeks Invention's Approval Four Years Later | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Alumnus Michael Vickers is in a race that started four and a half years ago and right now, he's unsure if he's first. ...

Rod Kurtz

Ask Rod, Episode 25: Where Can I Find Good Part-Time Employees? | Rod Kurtz | Posted 01.26.2012 | Small Business

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz explains where to find quality talent and why you may not need a patent for your invention. Plus, Lauren does her best Mary...

My Tax Dollars Pay for This? U.S. Commerce Secretary Threatens India as Favor to Special Interest

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

How would you feel if a Chinese diplomat attempted to exert influence over an American court case involving a Chinese company's bogus attempt to shut ...