San Diego Business Journal


ITC Rules That ResMed’s Patents Still Infringed On

A Taiwanese manufacturer’s humidifier continues to infringe on patents held by San Diego-based ResMed Inc., the International Trade Commission has ruled, according to a ResMed news release.

Firm’s Data in Demand With Big Financial Cos.

FINANCE: BrightScope’s Growth in Revenue, Clients Leads To Increase in Hiring

BrightScope, a San Diego startup that began rating company 401(k) plans, is still rating those plans and financial advisers, but it is now making more money from all the data it’s collected, and signing up bigger clients.

All Jobs at Former Nokia S.D. Office to Be Cut

Tech: Microsoft Expects To Eliminate All Local Positions by mid-September

Microsoft Corp. plans to permanently eliminate all 378 positions at the former Nokia office in Rancho Bernardo before this fall as part of the company’s announced global restructuring affecting 18,000 workers.

Technology Drives Change in Model For Car Insurance

Big changes are ahead in how you pay for auto insurance in California. San Francisco startup Metromile launched pay-per-mile car insurance and has updated its connected car platform, which provides operational data that could have a huge impact on traffic patterns in San Diego and other metro areas in the state.

More S.D. Cos. Ponder Packing their Bags

Business: Most Staying, Citing Talent Among Reasons

One out of every seven companies here is thinking — at least half-seriously — about leaving San Diego County, following in the footsteps of some high-profile businesses such as Websense, Active Network LLC and Omnitracs LLC.

Fish Market to Lure Visitors to Waterfront

ECONOMY: It May Boost Commercial Fishing, Tourism

Local operators and government officials believe a fresh-seafood market debuting soon on the downtown San Diego waterfront could be a good first step toward restoring what was once a much more vibrant regional fishing economy.

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Stone Packs Its Stein and Heads to Berlin

BREWING: Brewery, Eatery And Store Part of Big Plans

Years ago, some people told Stone Brewing Co.’s co-founder that he’d be crazy to take on the established players in beer-making’s European homeland, particularly Germany.

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Recovery In Their Sites

Economy: Construction Jobs Rise as Projects Get Going

Work at Kaiser Permanente’s new hospital in Kearny Mesa is going smoothly — so well that the expected completion of the $900 million project was moved up several months to March 2016. And that progress is reflected in the construction employment levels on the site.

Commentary: Business’ Support for Financial Literacy Essential

Without properly enlightened prospects and customers, it is safe to say the San Diego business community will most likely diminish in expansion and accomplishment.

United Way, Volunteers Help Make Reading Part of Kids’ Summer

For the third year, United Way of San Diego County’s Day of Action helped San Diego families who cannot afford to buy summer reading books for their children.

Millennials Prove to Be Hard to Place Because of Expectations

STAFFING: Demographic Will Account for Nearly Half of Workforce by 2020

Retiring baby boomers are being replaced in the job market by a group of young professionals notoriously difficult to employ. While millennials have a reputation for high expectations and a sense of entitlement, recruiters and employers may need to accept that there is a new normal in the talent pool.

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Executive Q&A: Tom Porter, president of Marquee Staffing

Tom Porter is president of Marquee Staffing, a provider of staffing, recruiting and placement services in Southern California, with three offices in the region. He founded the company in 1989.

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More Than a Filling

STAFFING: In a Technology-Driven World, Placement Services Must Bring Top Talents to the Table

It sounds almost illogical: Engineers are in great demand, yet many working in the engineering-intense San Diego area are temps working on relatively short-term assignments. It is estimated that up to 20 percent of the engineers working in San Diego today are on temporary assignments.

Procopio’s New Associates Bring Diverse Talents to Its Team

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP has hired three new associates: Trent Andrews, Natalie Mueller and Juan Pablo Zaragoza. Andrews’ practice encompasses business and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financings, securities matters, leveraged buyouts, corporate governance and other complex business transactions.

Co.’s Sophisticated Bomb Detection Is the Ticket for Airports

Turn on your cellphones, show off your tiny bottles of liquids and enjoy your flight.

Seacoast Commerce’s Quarterly Profit Doubles from 2Q 2013

Seacoast Commerce Bank was the area’s first community bank to deliver its second-quarter results, and it set the bar fairly high. For the quarter ended June 30, Seacoast Commerce, now in its 11th year and headquartered in Rancho Bernardo, reported net income of $501,000, or double what it did in profit for the same quarter of 2013.

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Cross-Border Terminal Construction Underway

Developers and San Diego civic leaders recently announced the official start of U.S. construction for a new $120 million cross-border pedestrian bridge linking Otay Mesa with Tijuana International Airport.

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Kleinfelder Sees Downtown as Central Place to Expand Globally

ENGINEERING: Access To Work And Workers a Key Driver in Co.’s Strategy

The increasingly overlapping worlds of energy, transportation and the environment figure into the business expansion plans of San Diego-based Kleinfelder Inc., and they were also a factor in the recent move of its headquarters to downtown San Diego.

County Retirees’ Group Cedes All Investment Decision-Making

Finance: Salient Praised For Better Returns; Board Extends Contract to 2019

The county’s employee pension fund, which exceeds $10 billion as of June, is now totally controlled by its outside chief investment officer, Salient Partners of Houston.

As Economic Engine Revs Up, Car Buying Increases in County

AUTO: 2014 New Vehicle Sales Forecast Near 150,000

New car sales, a key bellwether for the health of the economy, continued rising this year in San Diego and were on track to break last year’s record number of about 140,000, according to the New Car Dealers Association of San Diego County.

MJD Interactive Builds App for Sega Game Promo at Comic-Con

TOURISM: Success With App at 2013 Convention Leads to Ongoing Projects

Video game maker Sega has enlisted San Diego-based digital ad agency MJD Interactive for this year’s Comic-Con International to help it lure “Alien” movie fans inside the scary world of their highly anticipated new video game “Alien: Isolation.”

New Mortgage Regulations Open Door for Niche Software Co.

Finance: It Helps Brokers, Lenders With Fee Disclosure

Sometimes increased government regulation is a good thing.

Mtell’s Software Goes Looking For Trouble … Before It Happens

TECH: Predictive Analytics Applied to Industrial Equipment

Industrial software writer Mtell might not be able to repeat its recent 375 percent growth spurt, but it’s making more people take notice.

Jensen Assumes Editor-in-Chief Post at SDBJ

Nels Jensen, a veteran journalist with experience in Southern California and Texas, has been named editor-in-chief of the San Diego Business Journal, Publisher Armon Mills announced July 11.

Startup Conducts Unusual Funding ‘Experiment’

BIOTECH: Co. Aims For More Clout Before Considering VC Route

A local biotech startup and its 22-year-old CEO — with support of local industry veterans — are trying a no-strings-attached funding model to finance their research on a potential cancer vaccine.

Illumina Enjoying a Good Sequence of Events

Biotech: Acquisition Boosts Clinical Readiness; Tax Rebates Offered by City

Illumina Inc. has had an eventful few days as the San Diego-based life science company acquired Myraqa, a regulatory and quality consulting firm specializing in in vitro diagnostics, while moving a step closer to securing a tax rebate agreement with the city of San Diego.

No Surprise, He’s Rolling the Dice On Home Auction

Las Vegas high-roller Billy Walters, who brags he’s wagered as much as $1 million on the outcome of a single hole of golf, hasn’t been able to sell El Milagro, his 9-acre, 21,000-square-foot Rancho Santa Fe estate, for a listing price of a tad under $20 million.

Proposed Linkage Fees Would Double Levy

PROPERTY: All Sides See Need For Affordable Housing Solutions

Affordable-housing advocates and the business community have worked out a compromise Version 2.0 of a controversial plan to boost so-called linkage fees geared toward commercial development projects in the city of San Diego.

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Edico’s Strategy Is To ‘Come in Second’

TECH: Its Chip Makes Sense Of Genome Sequencing Data

Armed with fresh venture funding and steered by some of the best thinkers in biotechnology, San Diego-based Edico Genome is headed to market with a specialized microchip that it hopes will become the definitive second step in processing a genome.

City Wage Hike Has Some Seeing Red Ink

LABOR: Opposition Considers Options, Calls for Exemptions

Opponents of a local minimum wage hike were weighing their options, including a ballot referendum that would place the matter before voters, after the San Diego City Council’s recent 6-3 vote to raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017.