Archive | March, 2013
Teresa Stanek Rea Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property

Navigating the International Patent Mess

The tech world and the patent system have long been at odds. The fast changing nature of technological innovation is ill suited to the slow and bureaucratic Patent and Trademark Office. Last year’s Leahy-Smith America Invents Act sought to address some of the issues. The act represented the most sweeping changes to U.S. patent law […]

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Social Media: Can it Predict Elections?

Many Americans followed the run up to the recent Egyptian presidential election with great interest.  If you were like me, you were perpetually frustrated with the lack of credible polling in the country.  It seemed there was no reliable way to predict the results or to gauge voter sentiment.  Conducting a traditional poll in Egypt […]

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Invest in Africa

Africa: A Tech Innovation Hub?

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the growing economic opportunities in Africa.  It seems like everyday there is a new article about China or Brazil scrambling to snatch up natural resources across the continent. However, one trend that has been largely lost in the plethora of coverage on business in Africa is […]

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How Politicians are Hurting Tech in India

Over the past two decades growth in India has been spectacular.  The license raj has been dismantled, the economy opened to investment and trade, and millions lifted from poverty.  In some sense, India has been a leader when it comes to technology in the developing world.  Most of us have called a hotline seeking help […]

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