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Technology & IP

WIPO Action Undermines U.S. Intellectual Property and Small Business in International Markets

By at 24 July, 2015, 11:40 am

by Raymond J. Keating- International trade agreements and organizations, when functioning properly, are critical to maintaining open trade, and enhancing opportunities for entrepreneurs, businesses and workers, including the protection of intellectual property. That’s why the process by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to make changes to the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations […]

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Without Broadband Investment, Innovation and Small Businesses Wither

By at 15 July, 2015, 10:47 am

By Karen Kerrigan- During the “Open Internet” comment period, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was considering (and is now implementing) antiquated rules (Title II) that will regulate the Internet like the telephone system, SBE Council expressed deep concerns about how the intrusive regulatory approach would impact entrepreneurs. From the small business perspective, we expressed […]

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The Real Deal on Small Business and Spectrum Auctions

By at 26 June, 2015, 11:31 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Talk heated up of late regarding so-called set-asides for “small business” when it comes to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) upcoming “incentive auction” for broadcast spectrum. Unfortunately, this has been grossly misleading, as such set-asides have nothing to do with small business. In fact, these subsidies would go to very large […]

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NHL Playoffs: Lord Stanley Fights Counterfeits

By at 12 June, 2015, 9:58 am

by Raymond J. Keating Hockey fans really could not ask for much more this postseason. It’s been close-and-exciting game after game throughout much of these playoffs. And now we are in the midst of the Stanley Cup final series with the Tampa Bay Lightning facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks. In the midst of the […]

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Trade Promotion Authority Moves Forward in the Senate

By at 14 May, 2015, 6:03 pm

As the debate proceeds, a few key points must be kept in mind. by Raymond J. Keating- Over the years, it’s been called “fast track trade negotiating authority” and “trade promotion authority” (TPA). But no matter the name, it is a critical tool for the U.S. president to have when negotiating trade agreements with other […]

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National Small Business Week: 4 Big Points on Intellectual Property and Small Business

By at 8 May, 2015, 3:59 pm

Intellectual property rights and protections are vital to investment, innovation and economic growth. In addition, patent, copyright and trademark protections arguably matter most to entrepreneurs and small businesses – a vital point to make during National Small Business Week. In terms of the overall economy, consider that a 2012 study published by the U.S. Department […]

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National Small Business Week: 4 Big Points on Trade and Small Business

By at 4 May, 2015, 11:44 am

International trade is a hot topic on Capitol Hill right now, and it very much is a big issue for the small business community warranting attention during National Small Business Week. President Barack Obama wants trade promotion authority (TPA) passed by Congress, so that he can push ahead with two major trade accords being negotiated, […]

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Small Business Hollywood’s Battle Against Piracy

By at 27 April, 2015, 4:00 pm

For small businesses and entrepreneurs, every day needs to be World Intellectual Property Day Go to the website for the World Intellectual Property Organization, and you’ll discover that April 26 was World Intellectual Property Day. The purpose of this date? “Every April 26 we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to promote discussion of the role […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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