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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.

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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Patent Reform Bill Introduced in the Senate

Recently, Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the STRONG Patents Act as an alternative to the NSBA-opposed Innovation Act.

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SBA Launches Tech & Innovation Road Tour

The SBA, in conjunction with 11 fellow federal agencies involved in the SBIR and STTR programs, will launch an 18-state SBIR Road Tour starting in March.

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Patent Bill Reintroduced

Last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), introduced the Innovation Act which identical to the previous iteration of the bill which NSBA opposed.

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