President Signs Patent Reform Bill

September 20, 2011

President Barack Obama last week announced that he was ordering all federal agencies to accelerate their payments to their small-business contractors. To implement this order, Jack Lew, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), issued a memorandum to all executive branch departments and agencies, requiring them to...

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Supreme Court Ruling Protects Small Businesses

June 10, 2011

In an important victory for innovative small businesses throughout the U.S., the Supreme Court announced last week their ruling in favor of i4i—a small high-tech company—in their patent infringement suit against Microsoft. The unanimous ruling requires Microsoft to pay i4i $290 million. The case originated in 2009 when i4i sued...

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Senate Fails to Act on SBIR Bill

May 9, 2011

The U.S. Senate last week failed to act on the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493). A motion for cloture offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) failed to garner the needed 60 votes, leaving the bill’s outlook in limbo with less than three weeks before it is...

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Senate to Consider SBIR Reauth Bill TODAY

May 4, 2011

The U.S. Senate this week is considering the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493). The legislation has been stuck since March on the floor of the Senate, as the chamber sought to deal with an avalanche of non-germane amendments to the bill. Please click here for more information on the bill. The...

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Amendments Stifle SBIR Reauthorization Consideration

April 6, 2011

The U.S. Senate’s consideration of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technical Transfer Reauthorization (STTR) Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493) stalled this week, as the legislators wrangled over a series of amendments—most unrelated to the SBIR program—to the bill. It appears the Senate is poised to vote...

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Senate to Consider SBIR Reauthorization Bill

March 23, 2011

The U.S. Senate next week is slated to consider the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493). The National Small Business Association strongly supports the legislation and urges the Senate to quickly adopt it. Please click here to read NSBA’s letter of support. The highly-successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which studies have demonstrated is responsible...

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Senate to Consider NSBA-Supported SBIR Bill

March 16, 2011

The full U.S. Senate is slated in the near future to vote on the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493). NSBA strongly supports the legislation and urges the Senate to quickly adopt it. Please click here to read NSBA’s letter of support. The bill reauthorizes the highly-successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for eight years....

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NSBA-Supported SBIR Bill Introduced

March 8, 2011

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship is scheduled on March 10 to markup the recently introduced SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 493). NSBA strongly supports the legislation and urges the Senate to quickly adopt it. Please click here to read NSBA’s letter of support. The bill reauthorizes the highly-successful...

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Congress Temporarily Extends SBIR… Again

February 1, 2011

The U.S. Congress recently passed yet another short-term reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Marking the 10th short-term reauthorization approved by Congress since 2008, the bill extends the program through May 31, 2011. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill, by voice vote, on Jan. 25,...

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Patent Reform Legislation to be Introduced

January 25, 2011

With the bloom still on the 112th Congress, a trio of senators is expected to reintroduce patent reform legislation which, on balance, is inimical to the interests of America’s innovative small firms and independent inventors. This will be the fourth consecutive Congress in which comprehensive patent reform legislation has been considered....

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