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Technology & IP

Time To Make Internet Tax Freedom Permanent

By at 25 August, 2015, 4:15 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The “Internet Tax Freedom Act” bans state and local taxation of Internet access, and multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce. President Bill Clinton first signed it into law in 1998. Unfortunately, this common-sense measure was never made permanent. It has been renewed four times – in 2001, 2004, 2007, and […]


Taylor Swift: Defender of Property Rights

By at 30 July, 2015, 10:44 am

by Raymond J. Keating- On her recent album “1989,” Taylor Swift served up the hit song “Shake It Off.” Fortunately, when it comes to confronting efforts to undermine property rights, Swift has decided not to simply “shake it off.” Rather, she has decided to step forward to defend property rights. In an era where technology […]


What Is the IP Transition, and Why Does It Matter to Small Business?

By at 30 July, 2015, 8:13 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The breathtaking advancements made in recent times in both wired and wireless telecommunications networks have been driven by entrepreneurial enterprises at work in the realm of telecommunications, and by individuals and businesses willing to make large and often risky investments. In turn, small businesses across our economy have reaped rewards of […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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