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White House “White Board” Looks at Startup America

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Chief Economist Austin Goolsby uses the White Board to walk through the basics of Startup America.

From Policy Forum Blog:

“Recently, [the White House White Board] marked the first 180 days of Startup America with a self-conducted progress report on administration commitments to improve the environment for high-growth entrepreneurship. That list covers five main categories:

  • Unlocking Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
  • Connecting Mentors to Entrepreneurs
  • Reducing Barriers and Making Government Work for Entrepreneurs
  • Accelerating Innovation from Lab to Market
  • Unleashing Market Opportunities

READ FULL BLOG POST [web]
View White House White Board Presentation [web; video]
Announcing Startup America [web]

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Institutions Around the World Answer New York’s Call for Applied Science Campus Proposals

August 3, 2011 Leave a comment

The mayor hopes the plan will propel New York past Silicon Valley as the world’s leading tech center.

From Crain’s NY Business:

“After the city’s bedrock financial sector tanked in 2008, Bloomberg administration officials met with hundreds of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, chief executives and community leaders and instructed them to come up with a “game changing” idea for the local economy.

The result of that brainstorming is at hand: Top applied sciences schools from around the world are scrambling for the city’s blessing to build a campus here. When Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a mid-July speech about the competition at a Crain’s conference, Cornell University sent at least 30 representatives, including trustees and its president…”

READ FULL ARTICLE [web]
ANNOUNCING THE RFP FOR NEW/EXPANDED RESEARCH CAMPUS [web]
Cornell’s repsonse: Growing the ‘technology ecosystem’ of the future in NYC [web]

Interview With Chief Judge Paul R. Michel On US Patent Reform

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

From Intellectual Property Watch:

“IPW recently had the opportunity to interview Judge Michel on prospects for substantive patent reform in the US, the effect on future cases involving domestic and foreign patents, likely constitutional challenges, and the ‘non-problem’ of non-practicing entities.

Chief Judge Paul R. Michel (Ret.), of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, saw hundreds of patent cases during his distinguished career and has a unique position from which to view and offer advice on efforts in the US Senate and House of Representatives to agree on changes to domestic patent law.”

Questions (selected) asked during the interview:

  • Do you favor the House (HR 1249) and/ or Senate-passed (S 23) versions of the patent reform bill?
  • How might the bill affect future court rulings or even existing ones?
  • Does the bill favor big business over small inventors?
  • Will the bill address the problem of non-practicing entities [so-called “patent trolls”]?
  • more…
  • READ FULL INTERVIEW [web]

How the H.R. 1249 Patent Reform Bill Impacts Bayh-Dole Compliance

July 2, 2011 Leave a comment

In one fell and incomprehensible swoop, the “first to file” regime of the AIA may have washed away, or at least severely undermined, what has been a significant benefit for almost thirty years to those subject to and compliant with these Bayh-Dole obligations.

From IP Watchdog:

“In going from the current “first to invent” to the new “first to file” regime mandated by the America Invents Act (AIA), much attention has been focused on the amorphous “grace period” provision provided to patent applicants for certain activities undertaken by them prior to filing for a U.S. patent. Much less attention was paid to the amendments made to sections 203(c)(2) and 203(c)(3) of the Bayh-Dole compliance obligations which were directly impacted by this change in definition from the old “statutory bar” provision (based on publication, on sale, or public use of the invention caused by the patent applicant), to this new “grace period” provision. But even more astounding (and unsettling) are the unrecognized consequences caused by the AIA in “realistically” meeting certain Bayh-Dole compliance obligations by going from the current “first to invent” to the new “first to file” regime.”

READ FULL ARTICLE [web]

Categories: Government, Legislation, USPTO

Council on Competitiveness Report – America’s Innovation Leadership is in Jeopardy

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Top University Presidents and National Laboratory Directors Highlight Critical Role of Manufacturing in Boosting Innovation

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Leaders from nearly three dozen top universities and national laboratories say that America must make radical changes in its manufacturing policy to maintain its innovation leadership, in a report released today by the Council on Competitiveness. Ignite 2.0: Voices of American University Presidents and National Lab Directors on Manufacturing Competitiveness calls for a stronger partnership between research and manufacturing – especially manufacturing at scale, improved vocational and STEM education and a commitment to supporting higher education and science.

The report’s findings were unveiled by the Council’s leadership at the Detroit Economic Club, and reflect the views of America’s premier research university presidents, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Dr. Susan Hockfield. Directors of five national laboratories were also surveyed for the report.

Full Press Release [web]
Download the Ignite 2.0 Report [web, pdf, free]
Council on Competitiveness [web]

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Stanford v. Roche… Roche Wins

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The ruling hinged at least in part on the language used in Mark Holidniy’s patent assignment agreement with Stanford.

From Bloomberg:

“The U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling that limits the patent rights of research universities, threw out Stanford University’s suit against a Roche Holding AG (ROG) unit over methods for testing the effectiveness of AIDS treatments.

Voting 7-2, the justices upheld a lower court’s conclusion that a scientist working at Stanford in Palo Alto, California, transferred his rights to the discoveries to a company whose line of business Roche later bought…”

Read Full Article [web]
Read the Ruling [web; pdf]
Additional backstory/analysis of the ruling [ipwatchdog; web]

Tech Incubators in NYC – More than 30 spaces to help startups now open or about to launch

May 23, 2011 Leave a comment

More than 30 spaces to help startups are now open or about to launch, validating the city’s growing prominence in the technology sector.

From Crain’s NY Business:

“Coming to the city this summer and fall, among others, are the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, the Hub and Dreamit Ventures. And the New York City Investment Fund has launched the FinTech Innovation Lab for young financial technology companies. It provides some expense money, space and three months of mentoring from investors and senior technology executives at the city’s largest financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan.

“Right now, New York is the best place in the world to start a company,” said Murat Aktihanoglu, a co-founder of Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator.” [read full article]

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator [web]
The Hub [web]
Dreamit Ventures [web]
FinTech Innovation Lab [web]
Business Incubator Association of New York State Inc. [web]
Polytechnic Institute of NY Incubators [web]
Dogpatch Labs [web]