ICYMI- Editorial: Patent Trolls Sap Money, Time from Legitimate Businesses

In Case You Missed It, patent trolls — or non-practicing entities, as they are termed in the legal world — avoid tangling with major companies and go after small end users.

ICYMI- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

ICYMI- Internet Association Hits Back At RIAA’s Desire To Wipe Away DMCA Safe Harbors

In Case You Missed It, the RIAA has already started pitching the idea that we should do away with the important DMCA safe harbors, which make sure that liability for infringement is properly applied to those actually infringing, rather than tools and services.

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.

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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