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House Approves NSBA-Opposed Innovation Act

House Approves NSBA-Opposed Innovation Act

Late last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the NSBA-opposed Innovation Act (H.R. 9) 24-8 which, despite changes, still fails to adequately protect small inventors and remains very problematic.

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances PATENT Act

On June 4, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act (PATENT) Act, which NSBA has opposed due to its inclusion of language unworkable for the nation’s smallest inventors and patent holders.

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SBA Grants for Small Business Innovation and Research

The SBA’s Federal and State Technology Partnership Program recently announced awards of $100,000 to 20 state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, and colleges and universities to help bolster technology-based small businesses.

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Patent Reform Update

The House and Senate Judiciary committees are likely to revisit their NSBA-opposed patent bills–the PATENT Act in the Senate and the Innovation Act in the House–soon after their return from recess in early-June.

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Senate Delves into Patent Reform

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine recently-introduced patent legislation that could be harmful to small inventors and patent holders.

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Patent Demand Letter Bill Moves through House Cmte

This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee began marking up the TROL Act, which would stem the practice of fraudulent and abusive patent demand letters while helping legitimate patent holders protect their intellectual property.

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NSBA President: Cybersecurity a Major Issue for Small Firms

NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken testified today before the House Committee on Small Business highlighting the serious concern cybersecurity issues pose for America’s small-business owners.

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Cybersecurity Bills Center Stage in House

The House is set to vote this week on two cybersecurity measures which would establish information sharing procedures as well as a new federal office charged with coordinating that information.

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SBTC Co-Chair Testifies Before Senate on Patents

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Robert Schmidt, co-chair of the Small Business Technology Council, the high-tech arm of NSBA, testified before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on the importance of fair patenting law to small businesses. Specifically, Schmidt highlighted the detrimental effects that so-called patent reform bills such as the Innovation Act (H.R. […]

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Senate Panel Approves Cybersecurity Bill

Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved a cybersecurity bill which will expand liability protections to companies that share security breach data with the federal government.

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