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DC Dispatch - January 27, 2017

House Introduces Several S&T Bills at Start of Session

With the new Congressional session only a few days old: the House has (re)introduced several S&T bills.  As noted by SSTI, “[T]he U. S. House of Representatives wasted no time at the start of the new Congress, passing seven bills Tuesday that had been approved by the chamber in a previous session but had not received consideration in the Senate. Four of these bills with particular relevance to the innovation community are the HALOS Act, TALENT Act, Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2017 and Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act [see links to each bill in the post]. … Other innovation-related bills passed this week were: Modernizing Government Travel Act, Support for Rapid Innovation Act of 2017, and INSPIRE Women Act.”  No companion Senate bills have been introduced yet.  (Original Sources: SSTI web site)

NSF Announces New Funding for I-Corps

NSF has announced: up to $8 million in funding for one to seven new I-Corp nodes.  From the solicitation, “[T]hrough this solicitation, NSF is seeking to expand and sustain the network of Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) Nodes that work cooperatively to support the development of innovations that will benefit society.  NSF plans to build upon the established National Innovation Network (consisting of I-Corps Nodes and Sites) to further support the needs for innovation research, education and training.  …  I-Corps Nodes will foster understanding on how to: 1) identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value, 2) create and implement tools, resources and training activities that enhance our nation's innovation capacity, 3) gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of those participating in regional programs and 4) share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale - to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry.  In addition, Nodes must identify and are expected to implement plans for sustainable scaling of their efforts beyond the duration of NSF support.”  (Original Sources: NSF web site)

New from NSF 

State Government R&D Expenditures Total More than $2.2 Billion in FY 2015 notes that “[S]tate government agency expenditures for research and development totaled $2.2 billion in FY 2015, an increase of 16.9% from FY 2014.  Five state governments (California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Ohio) accounted for 61% of all state government R&D in FY 2015, an increase from 59% in FY 2014.” (Original Sources: NSF web site) 

DOE Unveils Two New Reports

(Prior to the New Administration)

Then-DOE Secretary Moniz unveiled: two new DOE reports during his last days in office.  As reported by AIP, “[Moniz] used his last public speech in D.C. to discuss a subject he has devoted much attention to during his four years as secretary: the Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories.  Speaking on Jan. 11 at the National Press Club, Moniz described the motivations behind a new [State of the DOE National Labs Report] … as well as an enhanced DOE Scientific Integrity Policy that now applies to all DOE personnel, including the non-federal employees at the labs. … [The State of the Labs Report] is the first of what the current DOE leadership intends to be an annual snapshot of the lab system. … Moniz explained that the inspiration for this effort had come from the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (CRENEL), which urged DOE to do more to explain the value of the labs to Congress and taxpayers. …[In his speech] Moniz proceeded to list off various measures of the labs’ output, ranging from their role in developing energy technologies that underpin entire industries to quantitative metrics of their scientific productivity.  He highlighted the high number of peer-reviewed publications (10,000+ each year), Nobel Prize winners (115 to date), and R&D 100 award winners supported by the labs, as well as DOE’s generation of the most patents per R&D dollar among the applied agencies.”  (Original Sources: AIP, DOE web site)

News From USPTO

The PTO has announced: new “Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).”  From the press release, “[T]he Public Advisory Committees for the USPTO were created through the Patent and Trademark Office Efficiency Act statute in the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 to advise the Secretary of Commerce and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the management of patent and trademark operations.  The Public Advisory Committees review the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the patent and trademark operations, respectively, and advise the director on these matters.”  See the new members on the link.  (Original Sources: USPTO web site)

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