49 min ago
Patent warfare: Trolls vs. inventors
Hairy green monsters wield clubs and sneer menacingly in advertisements across Hill publications and websites - part of a campaign to curb litigious firms known as patent trolls.
3 hrs ago
Why Patriot Act Author Argues Surveillance Powers Were Abused
Demonstrators hold a banner bearing the image of Edward Snowden with a message of thanks during a protest against government surveillance Oct. 26 in Washington.
Wed Dec 11, 2013
How the House Judiciary Committee Made Killing Patent Trolls a 2013 Priority
Members of the House Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee wear 3D glasses while watching a demonstration of 3D technology on Capitol Hill last summer.
Patent Suits Becoming More Onerous for Plaintiffs?
On December 5, 2013, H.R. 3309, "The Innovation Act" overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives.
Should we still fear the patent trolls?
Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation designed to ward off patent trolls, do we still need to worry about them? Absolutely, says Robert Fletcher , president of Louisville-based Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corp., whose company sells insurance against patent infringement lawsuits and to cover the costs of ... (more)
Tue Dec 10, 2013
Northern Virginia Daily
Goodlatte hopes for immigration reform 'sometime' in 2014
It's too late to pass immigration reform legislation this year, but there's a chance one or more bills could be voted on in 2014, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, said Tuesday.
These are getting to be pretty exciting times to be in the hotel business. Hotel industry fundamentals have continued to improve since the Great Recession and none of the experts see a particular event or reason that fundamentals will stall.
Mon Dec 09, 2013
Governor McDonnell Reflects on Final Days in Office
Monday, Gov. Bob McDonnell congratulated the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce for collecting more than 115,000 pounds of food for food banks in Virginia.
Tough tactics on immigration reform
Immigration reform advocates have tried being polite. They've staged acts of civil disobedience and warned Republicans the party will pay at the ballot box if they drag their feet on an overhaul.
Round Two of U.S. Patent Reform Progresses as House Passes Goodlatte Innovation Act
On December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act" originally introduced by Congressman Goodlatte .
Center for American Progress
Making Sense of the Senate and House's Visions of Immigration Reform
Five months ago, the Senate took a historic step toward enacting immigration reform with a path to citizenship by passing S.744-the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act-with a bipartisan supermajority.
Sun Dec 08, 2013
At Least One Third Of The Featured Speakers At Virginia GOP Retreat Say Medicare Is Unconstitutional
If the Virginia Republican Party wants to move past the far right candidates that shut them out of their state's top offices last November, they may not want to take advice from people who believe that most of the Twentieth Century is unconstitutional.
Sat Dec 07, 2013
Patent Reform Bill Creates Strange Bedfellows in the House
The House passed a patent reform bill, called the Innovation Act, with a strong bipartisan majority of 325 to 91 .
Fri Dec 06, 2013
The Daily Democrat
Editorial: Merchants deserve equal footing with online retailers
It was fitting that the U.S. Supreme Court chose the busiest online shopping day of the year -- Cyber Monday -- to announce its refusal to get involved in online retailers' fight to keep their customers from having to pay state sales taxes.
Herrick Feinstein inks two - Cheney's pro-cap-and-trade benefactor...
HERRICK FEINSTEIN INKS TWO: Law firm Herrick Feinstein has inked two new clients, according to Senate public records.
The Latest In Patent Reform: The Innovation Act
Over the past year, various lawmakers have floated a flurry of patent reform proposals aimed at curbing patent litigation abuse by so-called "patent trolls," or non-practicing patent enforcement entities.
Jill Biden's Tory Burch Night, DiCaprio's Casting Call for Wilson
On the night of President Barack Obama's speech about "an economy that's profoundly unequal," Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, stopped by the luxury retailer for its opening reception.
Innovation Act passes: Now what? - What's left for the House? - ...
INNOVATION ACT PASSES: NOW WHAT? - The big picture, from Erin: "Supporters of a bill to crack down on so-called patent trolls cheered its passage by the House on Thursday and immediately began to push for Senate action on the measure.
Obama Under Fire for Bypassing Congress
Barack Obama is coming under fire for his willingness to bypass Congress when implementing his agenda in contravention of the Constitution's desire for three equal branches of government.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
House passes bill aimed at curbing patent troll lawsuits
The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday intended to discourage frivolous patent lawsuits brought by patent holders with hopes of large settlements.