OB research editor lands data journalism fellowship

We are thrilled to announce that research editor Kim Moore has been selected as a fellow for the SABEW Goldschmidt Data Immersion workshop in Washington DC. The five-day workshop, to take place in January 2018, is designed to help participants understand how the government uses data. Journalists will meet with experts at the U.S. Bureau of Economic … Read more

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If the glove fits: Columbia v. Seirus sets precedent for U.S. patent law

Apparel giant Columbia Sportswear was recently awarded $3 million in a lawsuit the company filed against Seirus Innovative Accessories for infringing a patent on its Omni-Heat technology. Most news articles have centered on the financial rewards for Columbia. A lesser known story is how this case sets precedent for U.S. patent law. When a company … Read more

Oregon defense contractors win big

The $700 billion dollar Pentagon budget passed by the U.S. Senate this month is expected to boost the fortunes of the state’s military cluster. The budget has more than a few legislative hurdles to clear before contracters would see any money. Oregon lacks an active-duty military base but supports a thriving defense industry. Although federal military … Read more

This week’s picks

Food waste, Amazon and Nike dominate our coverage this week.  Plus, what will happen if the Trail Blazers take a knee?

What would happen if players took a knee at a Trail Blazers game?

In his latest Twitter tirade, President Donald Trump chastised pro athletes for taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest social injustice. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these N.F.L. owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired,’” the … Read more

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Weekly roundup

Health care overhauls, local and national, Oregon lands another Amazon fulfillment center and Greater PDX economic summit gets underway.