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Even without the Text the Apparent Goals of the TPP make it a Worthwhile Pursuit
Monday, August 5, 2013 5:54 pm | By Rachelle Korinko

Thursday August 1st, the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade under the Committee of Foreign Affairs held a hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a free trade agreement; there are currently 12 countries participating in the agreement, including the US. Like all free trade agreements the goal of the TPP is to promote trade with our mostly Asian and Oceanic trading partners by lowering tariffs and regulations in order to stimulate job growth and create wealth.   

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When it comes to the Patent Office, the US Needs a Serious Upgrade
Friday, August 2, 2013 6:22 pm | By Rachelle Korinko

 

Last week (July 25th) the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing on the importance of copyright for individuals and small businesses, this week the same subcommittee held a hearing on how technology plays an important role in innovating. For this panel there were five witnesses; Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo, Jim Fruchterman of Benetech, Nathan Seidle of Sparkfun Electronics, Inc., Rakesh Agrawal of SnapStream Media, and Van Lindberg of Rackspace. Each of the witnesses brings a different industry and business model to the table, but despite those variations all of them come to agree on particular aspects of the current patent and IP protection system that need to be altered.

 

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IP is Fully in Line with American Values
Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:48 pm | By Rachelle Korinko

Recently, there has been a focus on patent trolls in Congress. There are more than five different bills sitting in committee all dealing with patent trolls in a variety of ways. However, patent trolls are not the only concern that the Intellectual Property (IP) rights holders and small business owners are concerned with these days. Piracy, counterfeiting, and other forms of IP theft are also occurring at alarming rates and effect millions of citizens every day.  

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