Commerce Dept. Recommends Public-Private Partnership on Cybersecurity
June 9th, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 – The Department of Commerce released its Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy green paper on Wednesday, advising cooperation between the government and private sector to implement ways to address cybersecurity issues.
The Internet Policy Taskforce, a department-wide group created in April 2010, wrote the green paper with the goal of addressing the pressing issues surrounding cyber security.
Obama Administration Officials Push Patent Reform As Senate Continues Debate
March 1st, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 — Top Obama administration officials moved to assuage American inventors’ fears Tuesday that a fundamental change being sought in the nation’s patent system won’t put them at a disadvantage .
USPTO Names Teresa Stanek Rea As Deputy Director
Intellectual Property, People
February 18th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 18, 2010 — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Thursday appointed biotech and pharma lawyer Teresa Stanek Rea as deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
China Agrees To Update Intellectual Property Rules, Asks U.S. To Relax Export Controls
Copyright, Intellectual Property, International
December 16th, 2010
Government officials from both the United States and China on Wednesday said that they had made progress on several key issues that had been on the table during their trade negotiations in the past couple of days in Washington, D.C.
Cybersecurity Conference Considers Challenges; Debates Need for New Solutions
July 28th, 2010
WASHINGTON July 28, 2010 –Speaking at a conference on cybersecurity hosted by the Department of Commerce yesterday, one expert argued that when it comes to cybersecurity threats, “we don’t need a new strategy.” The speaker, Philip Reitinger of the Department for Homeland Security, made the observation in the introduction to his remarks on how combating cybersecurity might be accomplished in the current climate.
White House Hosts Cybersecurity Conference; Discusses Solutions
July 19th, 2010
WASHINGTON, July 19, 2010 –White House Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President Howard Schmidt has announced that 12 of 19 Federal agencies would be newly covered by EINSTEIN intrusion detection software. The decision came in the context of a series of talks regarding cybersecurity at the White House – talks in which President Obama himself participated.
Industry Experts Discuss Piracy Remedies
July 1st, 2010
WASHINGTON July 1, 2010- Speaking at the Department of Commerce today, an expert observed that consumers who view streaming video on pay-only sites are “unwittingly giving their credit card numbers to organized crime.” The speaker, Scott Martin of the Motion Picture Association of America, made the comment in the context of a panel entitled “Emerging Infringement Areas,” which was moderated by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Anna Gomez.
South Carolina and Rhode Island Score Big Wins in Public Broadband Computing
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact
February 5th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 5, 2010 – The Commerce Department on Friday announced two additional broadband stimulus funding grants: $5.9 million to the South Carolina Technical College System, and $1.2 million to a consortium of Rhode Island’s 71 public libraries.
Both grants were made under the portion of funds — $50 million in the first round of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program — earmarked by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for public computing centers.
“Thanks to this funding, public computer centers and computer labs throughout the state of South Carolina will be able to serve more than twice the current number of users,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in a statement.
Sen. Durbin Joins Lawmakers Cheering On State Broadband Grants
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus
December 29th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 29, 2009 – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, D-Ill., last week joined the bandwagon of lawmakers voicing support for the government grants currently being awarded to support broadband deployment and map broadband penetration across the country.
Big Media Meets Law Enforcement at White House; Biden Announces Focus on Intellectual Property Theft
Broadband's Impact, Copyright
December 16th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 – The U.S. is committed to an inter-agency process for combating piracy of American intellectual property, Vice President Joseph Biden said Tuesday during a press availability with top law enforcement officials.
Appearing at the White House complex with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, the directors of the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and the United States Secret Service, as well as the chief executives of the nation’s largest entertainment companies.
The meeting was followed by a closed-door, roundtable discussion on international intellectual property theft.