At the heart of the technology industry are entrepreneurs who dream up new innovations and create great new companies that redefine how we work, live and play. Congress enacted the patent system to encourage groundbreaking ideas by rewarding such innovators for their creativity and investment of time and money. But America’s innovative capacity is at risk because our patent system is being gamed and abused.
The good news is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its newly minted Chariman Tom Wheeler are in the midst of once-in-a-generation process to redo the public airwaves and help solve problems like a dropped call in an elevator.
Certain Internet companies have a selective perspective on patent assertions. They preach peace to Congress but pursue war when it seems opportune.
Many people think of Edward Snowden as a traitor. Others see him as hero acting in the name of vigilante justice. The controversy generally swirls around the idea of patriotism: was Snowden a traitor or a misunderstood patriot? What commentators miss is the lack of patriotism demonstrated by our own National Security Agency.
Like an adolescent awkwardly transitioning to the next stage in life, the traditional media industry is facing unprecedented competitive pressures and an uncertain future.
Almost every recent model car offers more technology to make a run to the grocery store than the Apollo astronauts had to land on the moon in 1969.
Imagine a world where cars are equipped with technology that will give drivers the ability to see pedestrians around blind curves and warn drivers of hidden obstacles. This world may not be as far off as you might think. In fact, Toyota and other auto companies are already leading the way in developing new connected car technology, supported by “dedicated short-range communication” (DSRC), which actually allows vehicles to communicate with each other to detect and avoid safety hazards.
Google, by all accounts, is seen as a great American success story. From its roots as a part-time project of two Stanford students to its present-day standing as one of the titans of the Internet, Google has projected itself as the epitome of ingenuity and the ultimate embodiment of the startup mentality.
It’s imperative for society to re-double its commitment to investing in scientific research that promises to deliver outsized benefits.
Investing in R&D is key to America’s economic future as well as America’s ability to forge solutions to our nation’s most pressing needs. Both our large and small businesses are leading the world in innovative research, and it is vital that Congress keeps the U.S. on the cutting edge of scientific research and discovery. Supporting small business innovators is critical to this effort.