Public and private research supports UAS commercialization

As the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2015 deadline for integrating small unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace approaches, members of the private, public and education sectors are already looking into the ways they can use drones to make tasks easier and safer — with or without the FAA.

Patent office holds first cybersecurity partnership meeting

The U.S. patent office held its first cybersecurity partnership meeting with members of the tech community Friday.

NOAA advances model to expand open data access

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is getting closer to a crafting a model to fund expanded access to the agency’s vast data troves.

To combat ‘trolls,’ patent office mulls crowdsoucing

Could patent examiners soon turn to crowdsourcing sites while evaluating applications? The patent office is holding a round table to explore the idea.

Fedmentor: Dannielle Blumenthal

Dannielle Blumenthal, communications director for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Advanced Manufacturing Program, talks with FedScoop TV about her career path in federal government.

After midterms, tech groups have high hopes for patent overhaul

The Republican takeover of the Senate Tuesday night could revive stalled congressional efforts to thwart the activities of so-called patent trolls, technology groups said.

NTIS expands free access to federal science and tech studies

The National Technical Information Service has upgraded its research database, giving the public free access to a trove of 800,000 documents related to federal science and technology research.

Patent office’s #creepyIP celebrates weird, wondrous inventions

The Patent and Trademark Office features spooky intellectual property art using the hashtag #creepyIP.

IT upgrades could help improve patent quality, nominated USPTO director says

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is looking at upgrading information technology tools and tapping into big data as part of a plan to improve patent quality, the newly nominated agency head said Thursday.

‘Over capacity’ FedRAMP refines goals in new two-year roadmap

Why have the majority of federal agencies missed the mandatory deadline for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP? The GSA’s acting FedRAMP director says his office just can’t keep up with the workload.

White House unveils executive order to strengthen financial security

In the wake of major credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan over the past year, a new executive order from President Barack Obama will require consumer-facing federal agencies to upgrade their point of sale terminals to a more safe, encrypted technology by the start of 2015.

Tech groups laud Lee’s nomination to lead patent office

In a move applauded by members of the tech industry, President Barack Obama has selected former Google Inc. exec Michelle Lee to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Audit finds Commerce Department cloud contracts fail to meet FedRAMP requirements

An independent audit of the Commerce Department’s cloud computing contracts found services that did not comply with FedRAMP along with other security-related deficiencies.

New NOAA system creates high-res weather ‘mesh’ for forecasters

NOAA recently activated its high-res Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system in order to better predict severe weather, like thunderstorms, tornadoes or snow.

Tech firms, associations lead response to cybersecurity framework

The nation’s critical infrastructure is massive in its size, diversity and geographic spread — literally tens of thousands of financial, transportation, power, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and government organizations from coast to coast. So it may have been a surprise to some when the National Institute of Standards and Technology posted a mere 52 responses last week to the Obama administration’s voluntary framework for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity.

Patent Office, China establish electronic exchange for application priority docs

A new service will allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to exchange documents with its equivalent office in China, the agency announced Friday.

Smart meters highlighted in updated NIST Smart Grid standards

NIST released an updated version of its Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework, which further integrates the use of smart meters within the grid.

‘Shark Tank’ meets smart cities at NIST’s Global Cities workshop

NIST hosted its Global Cities Challenge workshop Monday with over 200 people coming together to harness the Internet of Things to advance the world’s cities.

NSTIC head Jeremy Grant wants to kill passwords

I may have been a little hasty last week when I predicted that the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace may “never see the light of day,” and this week NSTIC head Jeremy Grant let me know it.

NSTIC is moving forward, but does it even have a chance?

How would the implementation of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace actually work, or could it even work?

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