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Technology & IP

Americans Say Counterfeit Goods a Big Problem for U.S. Economy

By at 18 December, 2014, 9:18 am

by Karen Kerrigan- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Brand Council released a national survey, which found strong agreement among consumers that counterfeit goods are impacting the U.S. economy. Eight in ten respondents said that counterfeit goods negatively impact the economy, and had other major concerns. For example, top concerns include the connection to other (violent) […]

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Reclassifying Internet as Public Utility Will Hurt Consumers

By at 9 December, 2014, 2:53 pm

by Karen Kerrigan-  This  is what PPI found in a new report regarding the impact of “net neutrality” regulation, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering with regard to the Internet. The potential of higher costs, along with other harm, is what SBE Council has been telling the FCC, members of Congress, and Administration officials […]

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Intellectual Property Matters to All Businesses – Especially Small Business  

By at 20 November, 2014, 1:11 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- On November 18, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center hosted the “2014 IP Summit.” The daylong event presented an assortment of impressive speakers, with thoughts being offered on a wide array of IP topics and issues. A recording of the event can be viewed online, and is well worth viewing. […]

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Regulating the Internet Like Its 1934

By at 14 November, 2014, 6:04 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- On November 10, President Barack Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate both wired and wireless broadband services as if they were the old 1930s telephone monopoly. That is, President Obama wants to regulate the Internet like its 1934. It was another troublesome example of a president unable […]

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Regulating the Internet: Big Impact on Small Businesses

By at 12 November, 2014, 5:44 pm

by Karen Kerrigan- On November 10, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to advance “strong” regulations to govern the broadband Internet.  In a media statement, I responded: “The President’s immediate, post-election call for radical regulation of the Internet…demonstrates how out-of-touch he is with what our country needs to rebuild confidence and our economy.” That […]

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Regulating the Broadband Internet: SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT

By at 31 October, 2014, 7:26 am

  by Raymond J. Keating- The call continues among the “net neutrality” crowd for government to regulate pricing and business models of broadband providers. Small businesses should be concerned. Naturally, this pro-government regulation effort is getting support among certain Members of Congress who seemingly have never met a private business venture that they trusted and […]

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Ireland’s Most Recent Move on Tax Reform and IP

By at 23 October, 2014, 7:39 am

by Raymond J. Keating- It’s no secret that the U.S. desperately needs to reform its tax system. The question is, of course: What should be the specifics of such reform? President Obama has acknowledged the need to reform our corporate tax code. After all, the U.S. has the highest corporate income tax rate among industrialized […]

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Online Payment and Cybersecurity Tips, Tools and Resources

By at 12 October, 2014, 10:01 am

By Karen Kerrigan- CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS:  It’s that time of year again. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Small businesses are especially vulnerable when it comes to threats from the online criminal world. Whether you are running your business from home, on-the-go, or from a facility, plant, store or office, there are simple things […]

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Bipartisanship in Defending Trademarks

By at 7 October, 2014, 4:26 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Last month, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Chris Coons (D-DE), and U.S. Representatives Howard Coble (R-NC) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA) formed the Congressional Trademark Caucus. It was declared to be “the first Congressional Caucus dedicated solely to trademark issues and matters of importance to consumers.” On the Republican side, Senator […]

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The Actual Economics of Broadband vs. Planet Net Neutrality

By at 3 October, 2014, 1:27 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Update from Ray Keating (10/10): In response to this blog post, Hal Singer of the Progressive Policy Institute (one of the economists on the FCC panel I refer to below) tweeted: “Ouch. I got lumped together with the knuckleheads by arguing for ex post rules.” Much, much too harsh. Mr. Singer […]

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