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Technology & IP

U.S. Counterfeit IP Seizures Support and Protect Small Businesses Across Industries

By at 10 April, 2015, 5:00 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The importance of protecting intellectual property (IP) cuts across industries, and that is clear from the latest report regarding counterfeit seizures courtesy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In a statement, CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske highlighted the scope […]


Outsized Regulation (Always) Slams the Little Guy

By at 2 April, 2015, 8:33 am

This time it’s the FCC’s oppressive Internet rules By Karen Kerrigan- As reported by the Wall Street Journal on March 29, one single bank has been created since 2010 – the year Dodd-Frank was enacted. In three decades prior to the law “an average of more than 100 new banks a year opened,” according to […]


Economists Who Get it Wrong – and Right – on Trade and IP

By at 17 March, 2015, 8:59 am

by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to free trade, there are the usual suspects who, despite the economic realities of expanding opportunity via reduced trade barriers (as noted in recent SBE Council analyses here and here) and stronger property rights, stand in opposition. Labor union leaders rank among these protectionists, with a Wall Street […]


Free Trade Agreements, Small Business, and IMPORTS

By at 13 March, 2015, 1:38 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to trade and free trade agreements, there’s a lot of bad economics being tossed around these days. In the previous SBE Council Technology and IP analysis (“Free Trade Agreements, Exports and Small Business”), I dealt with wrongheaded economic thinking on free trade agreements in general, and made clear […]


Free Trade Agreements, Exports, and Small Business

By at 4 March, 2015, 9:35 am

by Raymond J. Keating- While President Barack Obama has come around to seeing the benefits of free trade – as has been the case with nearly every president after Herbert Hoover – his various allies on the political Left have not. The Obama administration is talking up two major trade accords – the Trans-Pacific Partnership […]


FCC Votes to Regulate the Internet – What’s Next?

By at 26 February, 2015, 5:50 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to regulate the Internet – both wired and wireless broadband networks – as a utility, absurdly and dangerously trying to apply regulations initially enacted in 1934 for a long-gone Ma Bell telephone monopoly to the dynamic, ever-changing 21st century Internet. The implications of such […]


FCC’s Pai and O’Reilly: “Future of Entire Internet at Stake”

By at 23 February, 2015, 10:25 pm

Disclose the plan, delay the vote. FCC regulatory plan for the Internet is radically different from what the public saw and commented on last year. by Karen Kerrigan- SBE Council’s Center for Regulatory Solutions survey on regulation last year found that 84% of Americans believe “too many special interests” control the regulatory process; 72% believe […]


Lower Trade Barriers Good News for Small Business and Jobs

By at 18 February, 2015, 9:11 pm

Raymond J. Keating- The Obama administration says it is serious about advancing freer trade via two proposed trade accords, and this is welcome news for small businesses and the creation of high-paying jobs. President Obama is talking up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed agreement with 11 Asia-Pacific countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, […]


Beefing Up IP Protections Globally Important to Small Business

By at 12 February, 2015, 11:00 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Each year, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issues its “Special 301” Report, which reviews intellectual property (IP) rights and market access issues in foreign countries. Before the report is released, submissions come in from assorted groups and businesses on whether U.S. trading partners should be designated Priority Foreign Country, […]


“Openness” Not Exactly a Virtue at the FCC

By at 9 February, 2015, 11:52 pm

At the same time President Obama and FCC Chairman Wheeler push massive regulation and government controls to protect an ‘open Internet’ their secret plan for doing so is being held from the public.   by Karen Kerrigan- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet near the end of […]


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