PDE-News (6/27/11): Patent Reform Passes: Who Won?

Patent Reform Passes: Who Won?
Last week, a patent reform bill, the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), passed the House of Representatives. On March 8, the Senate passed a similar patent bill (S. 23) by a broad margin. There is no doubt our patent system is broken with backlogs and litigation, but the bill’s net effect on innovative entrepreneurship is still unclear. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/Patent-Reform-Passes-Who-Won.aspx

From the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Blog
Entrepreneurs Forecast Economic Improvement in Next 6 Months
If you ask an entrepreneur, the global economy is starting to perk up a bit. In the most recent ‘Global Entrepreneur Indicator’ survey, 62% experienced an increase in their net profits — a 25% increase over the previous year — while 57% added jobs since last surveyed. Read more…>>http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/Entrepreneurs-Forecast-Economic-Improvement-in-Next-6-Months.aspx

A Progressive Agenda for Fostering Entrepreneurship
Last Monday, I pointed out the latest issue of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas that featured ways government can promote firm formation and growth.
This week, the authors take center stage at the National Press Club for a panel discussion on “From the Ground Up: A Progressive Agenda for Fostering Entrepreneurship.” The symposium covers a broad range of priorities. From promoting minority business ownership and enacting smart immigration reform to teaching entrepreneurship in our schools and encouraging innovation clusters, progressives can unite behind an agenda that promotes entrepreneurs. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/A-Progressive-Agenda-for-Fostering-Entrepreneurship.aspx

State of Small Business Access to Capital
PDE staff were on hand for a House Committee on Small Business hearing on Capitol Hill on June 22. Our report of the hearing follows:
There is no debating the fact that the financial crisis has adversely impacted small businesses. Indeed, this fact was the common theme that ran through the opening statements of a recent hearing held by the House Committee on Small Business. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/State-of-Small-Business-Access-to-Capital.aspx

A Look Back at Innovation Daily (June 27 – July 3)
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation– courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/A-Look-Back-at-Innovation-Daily-June2703.aspx

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (June 27 – July 3)
Members of the House are back in their home districts for a Constituent Work Week and will return after the Independence Day holiday. On the Senate side, a light week is highlighted by a Finance Committee hearing on simplifying the tax code. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/June/This-Week-in-Entrepreneurial-Policy-June-27.aspx