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Isaacson sees New Orleans in its third wave of entrepreneurship

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By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
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on March 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM, updated March 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

The 300-year sweep of New Orleans history includes three major surges inentrepreneurship, with the city now in the midst of the third one, said Walter Isaacson, the best-selling author and New Orleans native, on Monday. He spoke at Gallier Hall for the opening the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week festival of start-ups.

An era from the founding of the city, when boosters for New Orleans sought to recruit people from an unusual mix of cultures, […]

Changes to the U.S. Patent System

Why Filing a Patent Just Got More Complicated For Startups (Opinion)

BY SCOTT SHANE | April 17, 2013 | Entrepreneur Magazine

 The major provisions of the America Invents Act — which made the most substantial changes to the U.S. patent system in the last 50 years — came into effect on March 16, dramatically changing the U.S. system for protecting intellectual property.

The Obama administration claims the new law will benefit small businesses by speeding up the patent application process and improving patent quality. While some of the new law’s provisions will undoubtedly help small business owners, I’m not sure the changes to the patent system will help entrepreneurs on balance.

For those […]