Technology & IP

September 9th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Government has an unrelenting knack for making bad situations worse. This happens when elected officials or regulators impose assorted policies with significant costs and consequences, and then go on to expand the scope, reach and control of those measures, thereby further ramping up costs and other negative consequences. This phenomenon has […]

August 18th, 2016 by

by Raymond Keating- The preferred means for online intellectual property (IP) theft of television shows and movies has shifted dramatically toward streaming. A new study from Muso makes clear the move from peer-to-peer downloads to illegal streaming. As reported, “In 2015, out of a total 78.5 billion visits worldwide to film and TV piracy sites visits, […]

August 16th, 2016 by

By Karen Kerrigan- As our members and supporters are aware, SBE Council has expressed grave concern about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) “set-top-box” plan.  Our concerns, which were expressed to the FCC in comments and to members of Congress, question the rationale for this regulatory intrusion. As we noted in our comments: “SBE Council and […]

August 15th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- How many startup entrepreneurs completely think through the intellectual property (IP) aspects of their new business? Unfortunately, not enough, it appears. In article, Sally Britton, a partner in Mishcon de Reya’s intellectual property department, offers a worthwhile rundown or review on why thinking about and protecting IP at start up […]

July 27th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Bipartisanship is increasingly rare these days in national politics. However, looking at both major party platforms, a moment of positive bipartisanship can be found. Both parties stake out clear ground on the need for strong intellectual property (IP) rights, and protecting those at home and abroad. Democrats on IP The Democratic […]

July 14th, 2016 by

SBE Council hosted a standing-room-only “Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurs” event on Capitol Hill on July 7. The foundation for the event was SBE Council’s new book  “Unleashing Small Business Through IP:  The Role of Intellectual Property in Driving Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Investment.” by Raymond J. Keating- With SBE Council President and CEO Karen Kerrigan serving […]

July 1st, 2016 by

 by Raymond J. Keating- On August 27 of last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the Browning-Ferris case decided to toss out the long-held definition of “joint employer,” and replace it with an expansive, vague view that threatens a wide array of small businesses, franchise operations, and other business models. The NLRB previously […]

June 24th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- “Counterfeiting today represents a tremendous and ever-increasing global threat. Counterfeit products— from goods and merchandise, tobacco products, and industrial parts to banknotes and medicines— circulate across the globe. These products cause real damage to consumers, industries, and economies.” That’s the opening statement from a new report just published by the U.S. […]

June 15th, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The E3 Expo (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is being held Los Angeles from June 14th to the 16th. This is the place to be for electronic game studios, creators, manufacturers and players. Interestingly, the gaming universe is perhaps the most upfront about what it produces, that is, when games studios announce […]

June 9th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Talk of protecting intellectual property (IP) in the media could give the impression that IP rights are mainly or overwhelmingly about larger businesses. Consider the software industry. For example, a recent ComputerWorld story focused on Microsoft filing federal lawsuits against assorted individuals for stealing software. As explained in SBE Council’s new […]

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