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‘First-to-file’ the winner in patent battles

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An entrepreneur who thinks he or she has something unique should consider filing for a patent as soon as possible. Recent changes in the U.S. patent law favor those who are “first to file,” said Michael Martensen, Colorado Springs attorney who specializes in intellectual property. It means that entrepreneurs have to be more diligent about… Continue Reading ‘First-to-file’ the winner in patent battles

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Book Review: “Now You See It”

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by Cathy Davidson, performed by Laural Merlington The phone rang. You were interrupted, but you barely noticed. That’s because you were looking online for information on a project due that afternoon. You were also eating lunch when you answered the phone at the same time you replied to a colleague’s email at the same time… Continue Reading Book Review: “Now You See It”

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Prohibition seems like a strange 14-year anomaly in U.S. history, when common sense gave way to a utopian crusade against the consumption of alcohol. But if you think there’s nothing to be learned from this odd period, you’d be wrong. Early this month, a new documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick titled “Prohibition”… Continue Reading Prohibition’s lessons for today’s economics and politics

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Shedding more light on QLI report and suicide

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I applaud the Colorado Springs Business Journal coverage of the recently released 2011 Quality of Life Indicators report. This is relevant community reporting with important social and economic impacts. I would, however, like to clarify some of the issues addressed in the section of the article on suicide. This is not the first time the… Continue Reading Shedding more light on QLI report and suicide

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Look to our own backyard to see abundance

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Some economists have argued that American drive is based on the principle of “the sky is the limit.” This is what motivates us to do our best so as to climb the corporate ladder all the way to the top. Break the glass ceiling, we urge our female counterparts, and you, too, can be the… Continue Reading Look to our own backyard to see abundance

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Retailers wrapped up in holiday hiring

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While local job growth is forecast to be slimmer this holiday season than it was last year, Colorado Springs retailers are still planning to bulk up for the last months of the year. Net job growth in Colorado Springs is expected to reach 3 percent in the fourth quarter of this year, down from 4… Continue Reading Retailers wrapped up in holiday hiring

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El Paso County’s economy relies heavily on the military for its job creation, housing growth and increases in personal income. That could mean trouble in the coming year if a 12-member “super committee” decides to cut billions from the federal budget, including defense spending over the next 10 years. “That ‘gang’ of 12 could have… Continue Reading SoCo Economic Forum Preview: County relies too heavily on military

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On Oct. 3, the city’s second Honda dealership, Freedom Honda, opened its doors in the Powers Auto Park at Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard. California-based Piercey Automotive Group had planned to open the dealership three years ago, but when the economy soured, plans were delayed. Piercey operates three other Honda dealerships and one Toyota dealership,… Continue Reading Piercey hopes to drive sales with Honda dealership

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Retailers gathering for Halloween revenue

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Ghosts, witches and zombies are creeping into vacant retail spaces to take full advantage of the Halloween selling season. Halloween is the nation’s second-biggest shopping holiday next to Christmas and is expected to rake in more than $6.8 billion in revenue this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Six temporary Halloween shops popped up… Continue Reading Retailers gathering for Halloween revenue

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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs physics professor Anatoliy Glushchenko has planned a rigorous curriculum for students at the After School University. Under his direction, they will go from algebra and geometry to physics and the study of quantum theory and then on to computer science engineering and computer programming. After School University is a… Continue Reading After School University offers college prep for kids

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