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Technology & IP

Top Counterfeited Goods

By at 9 April, 2014, 10:21 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Can you guess the most counterfeited products? A March 29 USA Today report (“9 most counterfeited products in the USA”) by Thomas C. Frohlich, Alexander E.M. Hess and Vince Calio, of 24/7 Wall St., “reviewed the nine most counterfeit items seized in 2013, based on their retail value.” The counterfeited goods […]


Financing Entrepreneurship and Protecting Intellectual Property

By at 31 March, 2014, 9:00 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Numerous important reasons exist why intellectual property (IP) rights need to be established, protected and enforced in the domestic economy and internationally. In the SBE Council book Unleashing Small Business Through IP: Protecting Intellectual property, Driving Entrepreneurship: “In any economy, a central function of government is to protect private property. Specifically, […]


The Net Neutrality Conspiracy Files

By at 28 March, 2014, 1:19 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- A mysterious conspiracy involving big, all-powerful business crushing the powerless consumer. Sounds like a page-turning thriller, or maybe a summer movie, right? Actually, it’s the latest round of silliness coming from the “net neutrality” regulation crowd. Let’s give it the title of “The Net Neutrality Conspiracy Files.” I love a gripping […]


Helping Small Business Better Protect IP

By at 21 March, 2014, 9:57 am

by Raymond J. Keating- I had the opportunity to join a Capitol Hill panel on March 19 that addressed the issue of intellectual property (IP) – specifically, the importance of protecting IP for small business. The briefing underscored the immense and growing challenges that entrepreneurs face in protecting their IP. The briefing for congressional staff […]


The Bayou State Battles IP Theft

By at 18 March, 2014, 6:37 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Battling intellectual property theft does not just fall within the purview of the federal government – at least that’s not the case in Louisiana. And in a fascinating twist, the case gaining attention has to do with stolen software being used to make barbeque grills. As reported by on March […]


Liberate Innovation and Investment in Telecommunications

By at 7 March, 2014, 4:56 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- As communications technologies, innovations and investments advance, will the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) help or hinder this ongoing revolution that is empowering entrepreneurs, small business and consumers in general? In late February, as reported, for example, by Broadcasting and Cable, AT&T submitted plans to the FCC for testing the switch from […]


U.S. Productivity in 2013: More Mixed Numbers on the Economy

By at 6 February, 2014, 10:34 am

by Raymond J. Keating-  Productivity matters – big time – to the economy and growth. As for the latest productivity data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, labor productivity growth was strong in the second half of last year, yet was simply abysmal for the full year of 2013. The BLS serves up the […]


Protecting IP at Home and Globally

By at 3 February, 2014, 10:08 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Strong intellectual property (IP) rights and protections are critical to innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic, income and employment growth. Indeed, protecting IP is a foundational matter when it comes to the economy. And for U.S. entrepreneurs and businesses, it’s not just about how well IP is protected here at home in the […]


FCC Acts to Move U.S. Networks – and Regulation – Into the Modern Era

By at 31 January, 2014, 12:32 pm

By Karen Kerrigan- In an important effort to convert old telephone service networks to modern broadband networks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on January 30 that it would oversee geographic trials to pilot this transition. These next-generation, ultra-fast, IP-based networks will bring first in class service and benefits to all consumers, including small business […]


The Latest on Internet Regulation

By at 14 January, 2014, 12:54 pm

by Karen Kerrigan- (Updated) Count this legal decision as a bit of good news for those of us who support regulatory sanity.   The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a FCC order that would impose old-style (common-carrier-like) regulations on the broadband Internet.  Opponents of “net neutrality” regulation argued that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did […]


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