Government

The Crowdfunding Conundrum

The House of Representatives recently voted in favor 407-17 of legislation that would allow non-accredited investors to make equity investments in privately held, small startup companies. Is this a boon for startup liquidity or might it introduce unforeseen complications?

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Patent Reform Bill – Short on Reform?

Somewhere in the middle of the vastly differing opinions about the recent patent reform bill — officially passed in September 2011 as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act — lies the reality of what the bill does and does not address, and what it will actually mean for U.S. businesses and the economy. While the bill represents the most significant reform of the Patent Act since 1952 and brings major changes to key aspects of the patenting process, it remains unclear what the actual short- and long-term impacts will be.

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Innovation & Public Policy – What CEOs Want

On January 13, the Brookings Institution will gather the CEOs of leading U.S. businesses for a day-long series of panels addressing job creation, economic competitiveness, and innovations in technology. The program will include state and federal experts who will discuss strategies reaching from local innovation to global competition, and address ideas for reducing the budget deficit without undermining strategies to revitalize the economy.

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Jan 5 Deadline for Young European Innovators US Tour

The European Young Innovators Forum announces Innotour USA, 12-22, February 2012, and invites those who are interested to apply by 5 January! The European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) is a non-profit, pan-European platform launched in July 2010 to give voice to a community of young innovators who believe in the value of shared ideas and shared risks. EYIF's mission is to encourage young Europeans to be boldly innovative, and to develop their ideas into real projects and ventures.

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EU Innovation Convention 2011 Wrapup

I’m not planning this as a detailed report of the convention but to reflect and comment about why I think it provided a good contribution to the innovation debate(s), especially here in Europe. We do need to ‘tune in’ more on what these events can offer, if managed well, in depth and breadth of innovation’s scope. I’m singling out some of the more striking moments for me.

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