Permanent R&D credit critical to jobs, innovation

It seems the Research & Development Tax Credit (R&D Credit) is always the bridesmaid and never the bride.  Since its enactment to encourage U.S. investment in research, the R&D credit has been extended 16 times, oftentimes retroactively, and even modified over the years.  Notwithstanding this volatile history and strong evidence of the need for innovative research it has never been made permanent.

No Moore’s Law: the technology of the future will come from open innovation

As consumers we are told that we live in a world of innovation. New technology is released everyday, the next generation iPhone is always just around the corner and each new device that enters the market is packed with the latest ground-breaking innovative technology. Today ‘innovation’ is the buzzword that has us all, consumers and businesses alike, reaching for our wallets. Today’s products will be archaic by Christmas, we accept this as an inevitable outcome of a non-stop innovation process.

Nine Behaviors That Drive Innovation

Earlier this year the Conference Board released the results of a survey of CEOs to identify their most critical challenges. The hands-down winner was the challenge of human capital, especially leadership. Second was the challenge of innovation. For every region of the world, innovation was among the top five issues identified. Asia placed it first.

This Is What a Twenty-First Century U.S. Naval Strategy Looks Like

Naval strategy is in the news: Cooperative Strategy 21 (CS-21R) was released in April; the surface warfare community is discussing its supporting strategy,  ‘Distributed Lethality;’ the Secretary of the Navy released his Navy’s Innovation Vision and the HASC  Subcommittee on Seapower and Force Projection has been active with hearings and testimony from strategists.

Patent reform should discourage patent trolls, not innovation

The patent troll problem is centered on industries such as smart phones. And the reason is simple. Smart phones are patent-intensive products – researchers have found that smartphones account for over 16 percent of all active U.S. patents. The large number of patents related to smartphone technology has created an indecipherable technology web ripe for abuse. However, patent trolls do not threaten all patent holders equally; nor are all claims of patent violations abusive.

Will we overregulate ourselves out of innovation?

Digital security is one of the most pressing issues on the minds of both the private sector and the public sector. But many technology experts are finding the potential limits that stringent policies on data and encryption might place on innovation even more concerning than the data protection and privacy issues they mean to address.

Sen. Cory Booker to the FAA: Enough is enough on drones

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with his cosponsor U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), introduced a new bill, the Commercial UAS Modernization Act, as an interim means to ensure American consumers and innovators can begin reaping the many benefits of drones, while allowing the FAA to focus on resolving some of the more contentious, and difficult, elements of their proposed rules.

Accelerating Data Innovation: A Legislative Agenda for Congress

Data is increasingly vital to both growing the economy and solving important social problems, and Congress has many opportunities to pave the way for more use of data in the public and private sectors. This report lays out twelve concrete steps Congress can take in 2015 to accelerate data innovation in the United States.

Senators want drones to fly before rules are finalized

A pair of senators is pushing legislation that would allow U.S. commercial drones to fly before federal regulations on them are finalized. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) introduced legislation Tuesday that would set up temporary rules for commercial drone use and testing in the United States until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finishes its rule making on the issue.

Why America’s patent system is not killing innovation

Patents play a vital dual role in fostering open innovation: they simultaneously protect, and disclose, the inventor’s contribution to the knowledge pool. As public documents, patents help firms to identify potentially useful technologies, knowledge and partners, facilitating formal and informal collaboration.

American Innovation Can Narrow the Opportunity Gap for Kids

This disconnect, which is playing out in the streets of Baltimore and other American cities, is especially stark when it comes to the opportunity "ladders" available to America's children and young people. The widening gap is sharply described in Robert Putnam's new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Driven by new data and compelling real-life examples, Putnam illustrates this growing trend where too often children born to parents with resources are able to succeed, while those born poor to under-educated parents are falling further and further behind.

DC's Plan To Be Known for Innovation

Today, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser kicks off a month of events called innoMAYtion that will bridge the gap between the most innovative people in DC and the most underserved. Funded through existing DC government resources, it will focus on small business, education, technology, the creative economy and good government. Here's a rundown of what to expect:

How cities can incubate innovation

Cities are using existing technology initiatives to make data more accessible, according to a recent IBM study. The report, “Using Innovation and Technology to Improve City Services,” by the IBM Center for The Business of Government, examined how cities are using innovative policies, governance structures and technologies to improve city services.

Comcast's $45B bid for Time Warner Cable called risk to innovation

What killed Comcast’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV. A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBC-
Universal, giving the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download.

First Ever White House Tech Meetup Connects Community Leaders to Drive Innovation

The Tech Meetup at the White House was created to bring together thought leaders from across the US and to show support for America's tech community. This event served as a platform to encourage collaboration, foster new partnerships and fuel the passion that will help move the industry forward.


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