Stephen Albainy-Jenei has a post at Patent Baristas going over the meaning of a US Senate committee passing the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2008. "The bipartisan bill is the result of months of deliberations among Committee members and includes a pivotal compromise that would allow limited investment in the SBIR program by majority-owned venture capital firms," he writes. The program would "pump another $1 billion into our small business economy."

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