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America COMPETES Signed by President
Marich Mark
1/10/2011
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Last week, President Obama signed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010—continuing efforts to improve US economic competitiveness by supporting basic research and improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to better prepare the future workforce.

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America COMPETES Up for Reauthorization
Mark Marich
4/22/2013
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Created in 2007 during the Bush Administration and reauthorized in 2010 by President Obama, the America COMPETES Act is up for another reauthorization as major provisions are set to expire in 2013. The original law authorized $33.6 billion in appropriations from 2008 - 2010 for programs and activities in physical sciences and engineering research as well as STEM education and more. The reauthorization in 2010 increased the amount to $45.6 billion.

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America Invests Act of 2011
Moutray Chad
3/21/2011
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I recently wrote about the tremendous backlog of patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).  Indeed, with a backlog of over 700,000 patent applications, investors have become frustrated with long processing times.  Yet, as I was writing about the PTO budget, the U.S. Senate was considering a major reform of the patenting process.

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America Looks Over Her Shoulder and Washington Starts to Act
Ortmans Jonathan
2/6/2012
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Despite it being an election year and a period in American history of great political divide, the prospect that Washington, DC might actually get something done to make the path easier for nascent entrepreneurs and young firms is looking more promising. This past week saw lots of activity at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. First, on January 31st –the one-year anniversary of both the White House Startup America Initiative and the private-sector Startup America Partnership—President Barack Obama sent a “Startup America Legislative Agenda” to Congress. The following day, I took part in an official Senate roundtable on Capitol Hill focused on developing more high-growth entrepreneurship legislation. Read More
America's Loss is India's Gain
Jonathan Ortmans
1/28/2013
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This week we can expect President Obama to speak to immigration reform and a new immigration proposal to be unveiled in the Senate. I have discussed in this blog the importance of creating a U.S. Startup Visa for high skilled immigrants—but only in the context of America’s loss. We take a look today on what America's loss in terms of brainpower and innovation skills means for one nation—India.

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American medical device industry can't have it both ways
Healing Innovation
10/6/2011
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In the race to get new medical devices to market, companies encounter FDA speed bumps that slow down the process. But would we really be willing to accept the risks that would accompany fast FDA approvals?

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America’s Last-place Performance
Marich Mark
10/1/2009
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On Monday, September 28, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Senior Analyst Stephen Ezell presented findings from a report appearing in September’s Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. In the report, Ezell discusses the strategies of the worlds’ ten most innovation-forward countries. Ezell argues that the...

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An Alternative Economic Stimulus Plan
Marich Mark
7/6/2010
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The Huffington Post recently featured a piece by Kauffman vice president and researcher Robert E. Litan entitled“Entrepreneurial Stimulus Package can Help U.S. Jobs Shortfall.” Litan writes that the U.S.already has an alternative economic stimulus plan, one that does not require a massive federal bailout: to support entrepreneurship....

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An Economist for the Court?
Marich Mark
4/12/2010
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Last week, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement kicking off one of Washington's favorite pastimes --  speculating on potential Supreme Court nominees, their political leanings and whether or not the opposing party will turn the confirmation process into a bloodbath. Tim Kane, senior fellow...

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An Emerging National Innovation Strategy
Marich Mark
9/21/2009
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While President Obama has said a lot of the right things about innovation and entrepreneurship, a number have pointed to a disconnect between those words and the actions and policies emerging from the Administration. Earlier today, the president again addressed the topic from Hudson Valley...

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