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Senate Judiciary Committee Postpones Patent Bill Markup

Senate Judiciary Committee Postpones Patent Bill Markup

The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed a markup initially scheduled for this week on the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 as Senators and staff continue to work toward an agreement with the goal of curbing the purported increase in patent infringement litigation.

NSBA President Attends SBA Administrator Swearing-In

Earlier this week, NSBA President Todd McCracken attended the swearing-in ceremony for Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) where President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden spoke.

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House E&C Subcommittee Examines Patent Demand Letter Issue

Earlier this week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing to examine the practice of bad faith demand in regards to patents and how to stem their over-use.

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NSBA Applauds Confirmation of SBA Administrator

NSBA applauds the Senate’s confirmation today of Maria Contreras-Sweet as the next Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Register Today for NSBA’s Washington Presentation

Space is limited for NSBA’s upcoming 2014 Washington Presentation where small-business owners will hear from policy experts, attend a White House briefing and meet with their elected officials.

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Senate Committees to Move Forward on Patent Bills

The Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committees are expected to address a handful of bills in coming weeks which are aimed at addressing a host of patent-related issues.

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NSBA Seeks Advocate Award Candidates

The nomination process is now open for the 2014 Lewis A. Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award which recognizes small-business owners who go above and beyond in advocating for the small-business community.

The nomination process is now open for the 2014 Lewis A. Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award which recognizes small-business owners who go above and beyond in advocating for the small-business community.

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Save the Date: June 23-24 Washington Presentation

Mark your calendars for NSBA’s 2014 Washington Presentation in Washington, D.C. on June 23 and 24, where small-business owners will hear from policy experts and meet with their elected officials.

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President Releases 2015 Budget Proposal

President Barack Obama yesterday released his FY 2015 budget projecting a deficit of 1.6 percent of the economy by 2024, down from 1.7 percent projected for 2023 in his last budget blueprint while the federal debt would rise to $25 trillion in 2024, up from $17.9 trillion in 2014.

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Sen. Cantwell Chairs Her First SBC Hearing

The Senate Small Business Committee hearing today will mark the first full committee hearing chaired by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who took over the chairmanship following Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) departure. NSBA looks forward to working with Chair Cantwell.

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