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Members of the House get a jump on the holiday season and will be in recess this week. Meanwhile, their Senate counterparts have a few hearings scheduled. A hearing on the data broker industry follows a yearlong Commerce Committee examination of how data brokers collect, compile, and sell consumer information for marketing purposes. Also, patent trolls get another look this week, courtesy of the Judiciary Committee, which is also exploring the impact on small businesses from a recent decision by the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals to allow companies to require employees to sign contracts forbidding them from initiating class arbitration against the company. [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 16, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 16, 2013
Category:  General 
Pair of Bills Pass House
In last week’s This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy post, we talked about a couple pieces of legislation to make it easier to start and scale new firms that were getting a close up look and vote from the House Rules Committee. Both of them—the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) and the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105)—passed the House last week and are now on their way to the Senate.
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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
US 'Nowhere Near' Top in University Research Funding
Despite an abundance of world class research institutions like MIT and Stanford, the United States lags far behind many other nations in terms of funding university research. In a recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the U.S. finished 24th out of 39 countries in government funding and 27th in terms of business funding. 
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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  Technology Transfer 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

One week after members of the House returned, the Senate reconvenes from its Thanksgiving recess. There are a few hearings on the Senate side to keep an eye on—including a look at advanced manufacturing, the digital trade agenda and domestic energy production by small businesses. Manufacturing innovation also gets a look on the House side from the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Other topics covered are the state of online gaming and small business contracting. 


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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  General 
Bitcoin Building Momentum in Silicon Valley and on Capitol Hill

Still perceived by many to be the choice of currency for shady black market dealings, Bitcoin is starting to gain legitimacy as a valid form of digital currency. A disruptive innovation that has led to a number of startups and even its own Silicon Valley accelerator, Bitcoin has already succeeded in challenging the long-held notion that governments control the supply of money. And now it has a Foundation making the rounds on Capitol Hill.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week.

[More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of the Senate are still on Thanksgiving recess but the House is back in action. The House Rules Committee will work on a couple pieces of legislation this week before they hit the House floor. The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) takes aim at patent trolls through a number of reforms including increased transparency and ‘fee shifting’ so the loser pays attorney fees in a patent case. The Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) would effectively exempt private equity firms from registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other topics covered by committee hearings include: the bankruptcy code, small business lending, regulatory burdens on small financial institutions, the impacts of the health care law on small employers and government regulation in a changing energy landscape.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Talent Leads to Innovation—In Switzerland and Around the World
Back in the summer months, Switzerland came out on top of INSEAD’s 2013 Global Innovation Index that measures an country’s innovation capacity. It should stand to reason then that Switzerland does well in terms of attracting and developing the human capital necessary to drive that innovation. In its new Global Talent Competitiveness Index, INSEAD again points to Switzerland as the place to be. 
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Posted by: Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  General 

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