Is technological innovation being politicized?

With the administration’s frequent emphasis on the importance of technological innovation (sparked by the patent system) one wonders why the critical post of USPTO director is still vacant more than a year after Kappos announced his resignation.


Our nation's growing cyber crisis

While much of the nation focused on the technical glitches that rendered the website incapable of handling the predicted volume of transactions, you may have also noticed various headlines about the same systems’ cyber security flaws. It’s hard to imagine a more compelling warning to our national leaders that cyber security must be considered in everything we do – from health care and business to education and workforce development.


Auto safety has come a long way

During the holiday season, millions of people travel by car to celebrate with family and friends. While most don’t worry about dangers on the road, the truth is that traveling today is a lot safer than it was 30 years ago.


Actions belie India's talk on respect for intellectual property

To see the Indian government’s recent disregard for U.S. intellectual property is frustrating, especially since Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recently said India is committed to “fostering an economic environment that is open, predictable and transparent.”


The international story on in-flight communications

It’s no wonder some Washington lawmakers – citing obnoxious phone users – are voicing concerns about letting airline passengers make phone calls during domestic flights.  One Congressman went so far as to say that the “flying experience in the United States would be forever changed for the worse if voice calls are allowed on flights.”