Technology & IP

April 25th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- World IP Day is April 26th. As the World Intellectual Property Organization points out: “Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.” Small Business and IP From a small business perspective, […]

April 19th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When discussing broadband services and public policy, it’s apparently too much to expect that a basic understanding of economics and markets will provide a foundation from which to proceed. That was most recently evident in a New York Times op-ed written by Susan Crawford, a law professor at Harvard, which amounts […]

April 3rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Under its previous chairman, Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) managed to find, or more accurately, seemed to manufacture reasons to regulate the broadband industry. Of course, this effort stood in stark contrast to the realities of robust innovation and competition that have blossomed and spread throughout the broadband market […]

February 28th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Somehow, more government regulation of the Internet is good for small business? Really? Well, in effect, that’s the latest assertion from a contributor over at The article tries to gin up still more, baseless net-neutrality fears because the new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, actually understands how the market works – […]

February 17th, 2017 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- Small businesses and entrepreneurs got some very good news earlier this month with the U.S. Chamber’s publication of its international rankings of intellectual property systems titled The Roots of Innovation: U.S. Chamber International IP Index. The Index ranks the 45 economies representing roughly 90 percent of global GDP […]

February 10th, 2017 by

“Federal regulations have a disproportionate effect on small businesses — businesses that are often the linchpin of a more competitive marketplace and that don’t necessarily have compliance resources. Accordingly, I believe the FCC should be sensitive to the impact regulations can have on such businesses.” – Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, January 27, 2017 […]

February 2nd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- It usually doesn’t get enough attention, but labor productivity growth warrants serious consideration. After all, enhanced productivity means, ultimately, higher incomes for workers, as well as improved profitability for businesses. Productivity growth is another win-win in the free enterprise system. Unfortunately, for more than a decade now, but especially over the […]

January 27th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Significant changes were and are expected on a variety of policy fronts with the Obama administration gone, and the arrival of the Trump administration. Interestingly, one of the clearest shifts in regulatory policy is set to occur at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As noted on its website, the FCC “regulates […]

December 7th, 2016 by

   INNOVATION AND COMPETITION IS THRIVING by Raymond J. Keating- On December 7, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights held a hearing looking at the competitive impact of AT&T acquiring Time Warner. A Review: The Benefits In a November 3 analysis, SBE Council explained the potential benefits for […]

December 2nd, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Stealing intellectual property (IP) via counterfeiting is massive and global problem. It’s also an act of theft that consumers and small businesses need to guard against during the Christmas holiday shopping season. On November 23, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border […]

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