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Mangum’s Competition Analysis Prevails in Patent Case

February 16, 2016 Economic analysis by Russell W. Mangum III, senior vice president at Nathan Associates, prevailed in a patent decision involving LED semiconductor ighting products. After ruling last month that Everlight Electronics Co. had infringed three patents held by plaintiff Nichia Corp., U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in Marshall, Texas, declined to issue an injunction. Defendant Everlight continues to sell its lighting products. In arguing for an injunction, Nichia said that continued sales would result in irreparable injury to its business. Judge Gilstrap rejected that claim, agreeing with Dr ...
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Women’s Economic Progress in the 20 Years Since Beijing Has Bright Spots, Shadows

September 30, 2015—Experts in gender, labor, and inclusive development gathered Tuesday at Nathan Associates to assess women’s economic progress in the 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was hammered out in 1995. Moderator Louise Williams, a Principal Associate in Nathan’s international trade practice, asked three panelists to share their views on what has gone right, what hasn’t, and how data shapes the business and moral case for improving women’s economic status. THE BRIGHT SPOTS Steady reform in the United States has left few legal or policy-imposed limits and women’s ...
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APEC Female Entrepreneurs Connect Quickly through Website

September 23, 2015 A new website will give female entrepreneurs throughout the Asia Pacific region ready access to information, networks, and potential markets. The Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC initiative, or WE-APEC, last week officially introduced the website, which offers a searchable directory of more than 600 service providers that support female entrepreneurs in the 21 APEC economies; summaries of the status of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship services in each of the economies; and a means for entrepreneurs, business networks, companies, and governments to connect to each other. WE-APEC will also facilitate ...
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APEC Health Policies Guide Advances Women’s Economic Participation

September 22, 2015 A new guidebook offers policy choices for promoting women’s health as a way to advance economic growth in the Asia Pacific. The APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economic Policy Toolkit, released last week in Manila, outlines five areas of concern for women’s health in APEC’s 21 member economies, details the specific issues in those five areas, suggests actions to address those issues, and identifies who can carry out those actions (e.g., local or higher levels of government, private or public sectors). The five areas are workplace health and ...
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Nathan Associates Presents Data Framework for APEC Women in Transportation at White House

August 4, 2015 On July 28, Nathan's CEO, Susan Chodakewitz, moderated an expert panel at the White House on the progress of women in the transport sectors of APEC members. Louise Williams, a principal associate of the firm, presented the data framework for measuring that progress. Expert Panel at the White House (left to right): Susan Chodakewitz, President and CEO of Nathan Associates; Karla Gonzalez Carvajal, World Bank Transport ICT Practice Manager for South Asia; Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women in Trucking; Susan Kurland, DOT Assistant Secretary for ...
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Nathan Increases Myanmar Presence with Private Sector Development Work

Nathan Associates will implement a five-year program to increase broad-based economic opportunities in Burma (Myanmar) through more inclusive economic governance rules and processes and by increasing access to finance for businesses, individuals, and other emerging economic actors. The $23.3 million project, the U.S. Agency for International Developments Private Sector Development Activity, is set to begin August 1 in Burma’s capital, Yangon. The project is the latest in Nathan’s Myanmar experience spanning more than 60 years. The firm implements the Economic Reform and ASEAN Integration (ERA) activity, a program under USAIDs ...
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Working Outside Home: No Easy Choice for Women in Developing World

By CAROLINE KAUFMAN June 2, 2015 The relationship between women and the labor force is filled with complexities and contradictions that are far too easily glossed over. For example, paid employment outside the home promotes womens economic empowerment, but this same work can also decrease their standing among friends and peers. How then, can women be expected to respond when a job opportunity presents itself Professor Naila Kabeer of the London School of Economics and Political Science recently shed light on these complexities. Speaking at the World Bank on Culture, ...
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ASEAN Women Take `GREAT’ Initiative to Enter Global Market

Women who lead small and medium enterprises in the ASEAN region will gain greater access to global markets through a marketing and branding initiative that officially began this week. The initiative, Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women), provides a regionally integrated supply chain as well as an opportunity for support and collaboration among women marketing crafts and artisanal goods under a regional brand The GREAT Women ASEAN Collection. GREAT Women will also help women protect their products from being illegally copied and sold. The small ...