Innovation in a squeeze, says entrepreneur News & Analysis 2/24/2009 Post a comment An increasingly risk averse climate—even in Silicon Valley—and an overburdened and poorly managed patent system are threatening innovation in electronics, according to Steve Perlman, a serial entrepreneur and one of many speakers at the upcoming Intellectual Property Symposium.
Pilot patent program shows promise News & Analysis 2/2/2009 Post a comment Peer-to-Patent, a pilot program in its second year, shows promise for improving what many observers say is the poor quality of many of today's patents by letting citizen experts on the Web help patent examiners find prior art.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.