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Mo De, mobile microcredit startup, wins IBM SmartCamp contest

The Nairobi-based company, focused on emerging markets, bests several other worthy startups to win IBM's "Global Entrepreneur of the Year" award.

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Troll slayer: Two problem’s with Mark Cuban crusade to fix the US patent system

The inauguration of the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents is a great opportunity to take another look at the U.S. patent system, and how it fares with startups and software companies. Cuban takes aim at so-called software patents. While well intentioned, this new initiative misses the mark for two reasons.

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10 Ways Startups Can Deal With Patent Troll Demands

Editor’s note: Colleen V. Chien is an assistant professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law. Stefani E. Shanberg is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. It’s no fun receiving a patent demand, but rest assured, you are not alone. When that dreaded invitation to license? or, worse, complaint? arrives at your doorstep, what should you do?

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Startups: Can New Fees Fix the Patent System? Experts Weigh In

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just released proposed changes to its fee structure lowering routine patent fees by 22%. Given the enormous influence of patents on technology and business and the complexity of the issues involved we asked three experts to weigh in on what the proposed changes mean for the patent system at large.

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UPDATE: Bitzer Mobile Recognized as One of Best of Breed Startups in Enterprise Mobility

VDC Research Report Recognizes Bitzer Mobile as the First Company With a Solution for Strong Authentication for Mobile Devices

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inovia Supports Findings of USPTO Report on International Patent Protections for Small Businesses

NEW YORK—-inovia's Small Business Solutions Team addresses the unique concerns of inventors, startups and small businesses seeking international patent protection.

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New Trademarkia Feature Exposes Biggest Trademark Bullies; Apple, Zynga Among Top Five

For a long time, it was easy to search for patents on the Web , but trademarks? Not so much. Thanks to startups like TechCrunch 50 grad Trademarkia , anyone can now do a simple keyword search and pick through each and every U.S. trademark filed since 1870 — if your heart so desires, of course.

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