Archive: Intellectual Property

Lawmakers Extend Tech R&D Program

Congress last night extended the life of a popular small business program that was set to expire at the end of this week. The Senate passed a bill that gives a new lease on life to the Small Business Innovation Research program, which is administered by the Small Business Administration...

By Sharon McLoone | March 18, 2009; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mastering Your Own Domain

Small business owner David Solomon was hijacked online. Or rather, his company's online address was claimed by someone else after he'd already moved in, leaving his business locked out of the Web home it had built for itself. Solomon said his more than year-long experience was "horrific," causing him to...

By Sharon McLoone | October 25, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Small Inventors Wary of House-Passed Patent Bill

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill to update the nation's patent system, legislation that has many small inventors worried that it will harm their ability to innovate. About 40 percent of the nation's patents are held by small businesses, according to the Innovation Alliance, a group made...

By Sharon McLoone | September 7, 2007; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Senate Panel OKs Patent Reform Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday designed to revamp the nation's patent system, legislation that includes several provisions that would affect small inventors. The bill would create a more efficient process to review issued patents and to limit damages for infringement. It also would create a new class...

By Sharon McLoone | July 23, 2007; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Senate Panel Inches Toward Patent Reform

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday edged closer to approving a bill designed to revamp the nation's patent system. However, the panel was unable to reach consensus on the measure, which includes language defining a special class of very small inventors. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said at the bill...

By Sharon McLoone | July 13, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Patent Bill Would Aid "Micro" Firms

The latest version of a bill designed to reform the nation's patent system includes a provision designed to aid the truly small inventor. The bill, which is scheduled for potential changes and a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning, includes a definition for "micro entity" status. The...

By Sharon McLoone | July 12, 2007; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Fending Off Counterfeiters

Counterfeiting is a major problem for businesses of all sizes and can seriously damage a small firm that has only one or two products. I stopped by the offices of Jon Dudas, the director of the Patent and Trademark Office, to discuss this and other topics. Following are highlights of...

By Sharon McLoone | July 12, 2007; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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