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date icon September 22, 2013 category icon

Patent Trolls Damage Innovation Here and Across the Country

There’s a growing and pernicious threat facing Connecticut’s businesses: Patent trolls. Using the threat of litigation, patent trolls are targeting an increasingly broad array of businesses – moving on from just technology companies to Main Street businesses – and sucking billions out of the economy while doing it.

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date icon August 24, 2013 category icon

Uber is a Test of Colorado’s Commitment to Startups

Uber presents Colorado with one of the biggest tests in terms of making the the most innovative state in the nation. If it is truly serious about transforming itself into the best state for entrepreneurs and Internet startups, the choice is clear.

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date icon August 15, 2013 category icon

Web Essay: To Boost the Economy, Stop Patent Trolls

It seems impossible these days to find an issue that brings together members from the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. Fortunately, bipartisan agreement is beginning to form around stopping patent trolls.

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date icon August 13, 2013 category icon

Michael Beckerman: Support for stopping trolls — Orange County Register

There were a total of 121,247 patent grants issued from January 2011 to December 2011, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

It seems impossible these days to find an issue that brings together members from both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. In a rare exception to this rule, last month Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and Democratic Rep. Judy Chu introduced bipartisan legislation to help businesses here in California and across the country better protect themselves from patent trolls seeking to exploit and profit off of others’ ideas.

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date icon June 12, 2013 category icon

The Future of the Global Economy Depends on the U.S.-EU Trade Deal

The future of the global economy is at stake. With both the United States and the European Union economies generating over $15.6 trillion in GDP and accounting for about half of the entire world GDP, we must pay close attention to negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

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date icon June 7, 2013 category icon

Hammond and Beckerman: How Patent Trolls are Chewing into Your Wallet

In April, Dallas-based Neiman Marcus became the newest target of a growing industry designed to cripple companies with litigation on the basis of undisclosed patent infringements. IP Nav, also a Dallas-based “company,” sent a letter to Neiman’s claiming patent infringement on unrevealed “valuable patents in the field of automation of application programs.”

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date icon June 5, 2013 category icon

ICYMI- Vermont Takes on the Trolls

In February, homegrown Vermont success story Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was sued by an entity called EMG Technologies. It claimed the Waterbury company’s website infringed EMG’s patent on an “apparatus and method of manipulation a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming, and scrolling internet content.”

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date icon April 1, 2013 category icon

Give More Visas to Foreign-Born Workers

The current immigration system stifles our country’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and can cause highly skilled professionals to leave our country and ultimately compete against us.

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date icon February 12, 2013 category icon

On the Day of the 2013 State of the Union Address, Here’s the State of the Internet

Today, President Barack Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address to the American people. Since that first address in 2009, the Internet has become an even more ubiquitous part of American life. An estimated 244 million Americans used the Internet in 2012 – 78 percent of the total population – growing more than 10 percent in those four years. So what is the State of the Internet in 2013, as the President embarks on his second term in office?

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date icon January 28, 2013 category icon

Internet Vital to Arkansas’ Growth (Michael Beckerman Commentary)

The Internet is a catalyst for job creation and an amazing accelerator for innovation. The Internet not only drives economic growth across the globe, but also increases the success of small businesses and job creators across the U.S. As our nation continues its economic recovery, Arkansas has a vested interest in protecting the Internet and its ability to bolster economic growth.

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date icon November 27, 2012 category icon

Changing face of America increases urgency for STEM immigration reform

How to put the nation’s economy on the path for growth and job creation was the central debate in this year’s election. Now that the campaign is over, the public lens remains focused on our economy; but the nation as a whole is also beginning to see a different demographic picture emerge—one that many are calling the New America. According to exit polls, the non-white share of the electorate reached 28 percent, an all-time high. And this changing face of America has prompted the president and congressional leaders to make immigration reform a top priority alongside the economy.

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date icon September 20, 2012 category icon

Congress Must Allow More STEM Visas Today

Highly skilled and talented people are a powerful source of new innovation and job creation, and Internet companies across America know first- hand that immigrants create jobs, build companies, invent new products and services and push the U.S. economy forward in a critically important way.

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“Online job postings have more than tripled and half of all Americans are now using the internet to search for jobs. “ Michael Beckerman, IA President & CEO Washington, DC – Internet Association today released the August IA Industry Indicators: Jobs (3i Jobs) report, which presents monthly insights on the U.S. job market using data… Read more

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