First to File Patent Law: Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your Attorneys…

The United States joined the rest of the world and starting this week as implemented a “first to file” patent system. Gigaom has a great summary of the new law.  In short, under the previous system, the USPTO granted a patent to whoever invented it first. Starting this week, the patent will go to whoever filed […]

TOS….What’s the big deal….

Terms of service (ToS) are the rules and regulations that govern websites and apps. In general these terms are pretty standard but more importantly, users are often required to accept the ToS in order to reach the game, video, or information they’re trying to access. Clicking through the ToS has become a part of the […]

Way to Go Grindr

I want to congratulate Grindr for winning a TechCrunch Crunchie award for the best location application 2011. Grindr went up against a strong field of candidates in this new category, including:  AirBnB, Foursquare, Runkeeper and Uber. I was fortunate to join Joel and Scott of Grindr at the award ceremony last week.  Congratulations to a great community and management […]

The Kauffman Founation proposes The Startup Act to Congress

The Kauffman Foundation is promoting new federal legislation to promote jobs growth: The Startup Act. Although it’s not without controversy, a couple of the provisions within the Act are widely supported and startups should be aware of how that will impact patent filings and incentivize investment in new ventures. What the Startup Act changes Proposed […]