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Technology & IP

February 12th, 2016 by

The 1996 Act, with competition and reduced regulation at its core, seems be totally lost on the current FCC by Raymond J. Keating- February 8 marked the twentieth anniversary of President Bill Clinton signing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 into law after it was passed by a Republican-controlled Congress, but with large bipartisan majorities. In […]

January 22nd, 2016 by

Internet access taxes would be detrimental to entrepreneurs as innovators, and to small businesses that will get hit with new government fees that work against Internet access and affordability. by Raymond J. Keating- Let’s make two obvious points at the outset. First, the Internet has been a boon for American entrepreneurs and small businesses. Entrepreneurial […]

December 30th, 2015 by

By Susan Solovic- This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are the author’s. As one year comes to a close and we start looking forward to the New Year, many of us take a little time to reflect on where we’re at in our personal lives and the smart small business owner will […]

December 22nd, 2015 by

IP thieves like to think of themselves as rebels, but in reality, piracy is about the dark side and the Death Star. by Raymond J. Keating- Like millions around the world, my family was very excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The tickets were purchased in advance, and this past weekend we were […]

November 19th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- I had the opportunity to check out three movies in recent weeks, and that meant benefiting from the creators of and investors in intellectual property and a legal system protecting IP rights. The latest James Bond film Spectre, The Martian starring Matt Damon, and Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks and […]

November 18th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appeared at a House of Representatives hearing on FCC oversight on November 17. The discussion ranged across a variety of topics, but given the FCC’s adventurism of late, it’s worth zeroing in on what was served up on regulation. (Read a letter […]

November 15th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific nations – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – is now being reviewed and assessed. Elimination of Tariffs The big plus under the agreement is the elimination more […]

October 29th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- I had the opportunity to speak to members of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association on October 21 about why intellectual property (IP) matters to small businesses and the overall economy. Afterwards, I enjoyed some time with my son taking in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Indeed, it […]

October 24th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- “Rent seeking” sounds like an obscure term from the world of economics that no one other than economists should care about. But that most certainly is not the case. Rather, every taxpayer, entrepreneur, business owner, manager and worker should understand that rent seeking occurs when people – individuals, groups, certain businesses, […]

October 6th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On October 5, the U.S. and 11 other Pacific nations – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – announced agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade accord. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) noted, “The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, […]

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