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Early Legislation for the 114th Congressional Session

Greetings from D.C. Although it’s still early in the new congressional session (114 th , for those counting), there have been a few proposals that may be of interest to the tech transfer community. Most of these are, in fact, re-introductions of bills proposed last session that never made the...
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First Webinar Update!

Recently, we posted about our new America Invents Act webinar series , developed by the Education and Training Committee in conjunction with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The first webinar took place on Monday and was well-received. Thanks to Kathleen Fonda, a Senior Legal Advisor...
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FY 2015 R&D Appropriation Now in the Books

Greetings from D.C. Congress passed and the President signed into law in mid-December the 2015 omnibus budget bill. The $1.1 trillion appropriated to fund the government through September 2015 covers all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was funded through...
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FY 2016 Funding Approved (Positive Trends for S&T)

Greetings from D.C. The President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 into law just before Christmas, funding the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year. Included in the funding bill was, of course, appropriations for federal S&T efforts (aka the R&D...
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Good Signs for S&T Budget? These Folks Think So.

By now, you’ve probably read all about the proposed budget for FY 2016. We came across this take on it and had to share. "Many pundits give President Obama’s budget proposal little chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Congress...but at least one very important part of the...
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House Introduces DOE Lab Management and Tech Transfer Bill

Greetings from D.C. As the 113 th Congress heads into its last few months (and last few working days before the election), folks seem to be rushing to introduce legislation focused on Department of Energy (DOE) lab management and technology transfer. In January, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and...
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Interesting Federal News

This week has brought some interesting new developments at the federal level, including possible good news for DOD lab employees and some proposed legislation. On Aug. 6, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that civilian employees at the Department of Defense would have their number of required...
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Join Us Monday to Learn New Patent Policies

We’re really excited about the next webinar coming up in the America Invents Act webinar series ! Don’t forget, the second webinar will take place on Monday at 11 a.m. EDT! The AIA is one year old, and its provisions have started to take effect. By next spring, the patenting system will...
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Legislation From the 114th Congress - Part II

Greetings from D.C. Although I just wrote a column on legislation introduced early in the 114 th Congress that may be of interest to our members, there’s been more activity since that I wanted to bring to your attention. On April 29, Senator Grassley (R-IA) introduced the PATENT Act (S. 1137...
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New DOE Tech Transfer Bill Introduced in the Senate

Greetings from D.C. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has introduced a bill “to accelerate technology transfer by establishing off-campus microlabs that would serve as the ‘front-door’ to national laboratories [read...

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