Senate Judiciary Committee, White House Seek Compromise for Patent Litigation Legislation
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:26

Senate Judiciary Chairman Leahy and the Obama Administration are actively working to find a sweet spot for compromise on patent litigation legislation.   Several members of the Committee who are sponsors of some of the most controversial provisions seem eager to work out the details and draft compromise legislation that can pass the Senate – providing some cause for optimism.  As reported in prior editions of this newsletter, the House passed its version, H.R. 3309, Innovation Act, on December 2, 2013.

The three largest remaining hurdles are 1) the customer stay provisions that could allow retailers to join suits with manufactures, 2) the controversial covered business method patent program, and 3) litigation reforms like fee-shifting.  Several talks are under way among the Senate Judiciary Committee staff and stakeholders with the goal of finding compromise language acceptable to all key stakeholders.

Corporate VC Enjoys a “Pretty Good Year” in 2013
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:41

This past month, Head of Research John Taylor and Vice President of Membership and Member Firm Liaison Janice Mawson represented NVCA at the Corporate Venturing and Innovation Partnering Conference in Newport Beach, California. Held over three days, the event drew venture investors and business development executives from across the country. Programming focused on best practices for corporations setting up corporate venturing programs and for those with existing corporate venturing programs, providing a unique window for acquisitions and an opportunity to build strategic partnerships.

Ben Veghte Joins NVCA as VP of Communications
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:42

On February 10, Ben Veghte officially joined NVCA as vice president of communications. Ben comes to the NVCA from The Glover Park Group (GPG), where he was director, strategic communications.

We are excited to have Ben join the NVCA team. From the halls of Congress to the corporate boardroom, he is a seasoned communications professional with extensive experience developing and executing integrated communications campaigns around complex public policy issues. His experience and background will serve the venture industry well, as we continue advocating for commonsense policy proposals essential to economic growth, job creation and innovation. Ben’s communications and policy expertise will be a welcomed asset for our members and I look forward to his enthusiasm in championing the industry.