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May 2017 Archives

Venture capital withdraws from cleantech boom

Colorado investors many be interested to learn that the deployment of clean energy technology is facing a decline in venture capital deals and funding. The national trend in cleantech funding showed a 30 percent drop in funding over a five-year period ending in 2016, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. Cleantech is an umbrella term for several sectors, such as solar power and energy storage. The loss of funding for these sectors is hitting new business ventures harder, and some regions are faring much better than others.

Planning for the worst with a business start-up

Recessionary swings in the economy are an inevitable and unpredictable fact of life, similar to Gulf hurricanes and northeastern snowstorms. Just as with natural disasters, Denver business investors can protect their start-up company assets and future earnings by making plans for the next economic downturn. What works for a business in good times may quickly become a liability, bu there are some ways to prepare for a quick response.

Trademark infringement in the information age

Many business owners in Colorado and around the country are finding it increasingly difficult to protect their intellectual property in the information age. Eight out of ten of the senior executives who were surveyed in a poll said that intellectual property infringement was becoming more common, but many of them also said that they were doing little to keep track of or address the problem.

Court mulls Uber motion to force Waymo into arbitration

Colorado residents who are following the development of driverless car technology may be interested in learning about the latest twist in the ongoing litigation between Waymo and Uber over Waymo's driverless car technology. Waymo previously filed a trade secrets and unfair competition lawsuit against Uber. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant and one of Waymo's former employees infringed on Waymo's patented technology and used it in Uber's driverless cars. Uber filed a motion to force Waymo into arbitration and to stay it while related federal patent infringement litigation is proceeding.