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New USPTO Office in Denver Will Spur Innovation and Accelerate Solving the World’s Problems

Tue, 2014-07-01 09:30

Guest blog post by Steve Katsaros, Founder and CEO, Nokero International Ltd.Ed note: Nokero (short for "No Kerosene") designs, manufactures and distributes safe, affordable, and environmentally-friendly solar based technologies. The solar lights and solar battery chargers are high-quality and low-cost, eliminating the need for harmful and polluting fuels around the world.--Yesterday, June
30, 2014, was the opening of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s
(USPTO) Rocky Mountain Satellite Office. We were joined at the opening ceremony

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The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision

Mon, 2014-06-30 19:05

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Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the much-publicized Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case.
This decision would allow some bosses to withhold contraceptive care from their employees' health coverage based on their own religious beliefs -- which their employees may not share.
At the top of today's press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest delivered a statement about where the President stands on this ruling, noting:

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President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform

Mon, 2014-06-30 18:30

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In the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama reiterated his commitment to immigration reform and reproached House Republicans for their unwillingness to confront this important issue.
Speaking a year ago to the month when the Senate passed an immigration reform bill, the President outlined what Republican obstruction has meant over the past year:

We have fewer resources to strengthen our borders;

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens New Satellite Office in Denver, Colorado to Speed up the Patent Process and Create Local Jobs

Mon, 2014-06-30 15:30

Today Acting U.S.
Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Deputy Under Secretary of
Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K.
Lee opened the permanent location for the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office
in in Denver’s central business district to help the region’s entrepreneurs
advance cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace, grow their businesses, and more
efficiently navigate the world’s strongest intellectual property system.

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The American Community Survey: Best Quality Data with the Least Public Burden

Mon, 2014-06-30 13:43

Guest blog post by Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic
Affairs“Better
Data for Better Decisions” is my mantra as I crisscross the country talking to
people about making the data we collect easier to find, understand and
use.  Making government data more
accessible or “open” to improve government, business and community decisions is
a major initiative in the Commerce Department’s “Open for
Business Agenda.”  The open data initiative has the potential to
fuel new businesses, create new jobs and help us make better policy decisions. 

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Weekly Address: Focusing on the Economic Priorities for the Middle Class Nationwide

Sat, 2014-06-28 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Blue Room of the White House, June 27, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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More than 3.74 Million Records Released

Fri, 2014-06-27 14:48

In September 2009, the President announced that—for the first time in history—White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in March 2014. Today’s release also includes visitor records generated prior to September 16, 2009 that were requested by members of the public in May 2014 pursuant to the White House voluntary disclosure policy.

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SBA Hosts Youth Entrepreneurs from Junior Achievement for Forum on Entrepreneurship

Fri, 2014-06-27 12:05

Last Wednesday, June 18th, SBA had the pleasure of hosting Junior Achievement USA and the teen competitors of Junior Achievement’s National Business Plan Challenge. Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. The organization has a reputation for preparing America’s best and brightest youth for entrepreneurship and business ownership and I was thrilled by their visit.

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Evaluating the American Community Survey: The ACS Content Review

Fri, 2014-06-27 12:01

Cross-post, U.S. Census Bureau's Director's Blog by John H. ThompsonEvery month of every year, and in every county across the nation, a relatively small number of households receive notice that they have been randomly selected to receive the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.The American Community Survey, or ACS, is the lesser known part of the every-ten-year census.

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West Wing Week 6/27/14 or, "POTUS Replies"

Fri, 2014-06-27 10:43

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week takes us south of the border with the Vice President, to our nation's capital for the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, and along for the ride as a woman who wrote the President gets a reply... in person.

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