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Kerrigan in Morning Consult: Another Looming Threat to Small Businesses – The Patent Troll

By at 15 July, 2020, 12:50 pm

In a July 15 Morning Consult Op-ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan warns small business owners about trolling activity that could limit the availability of the mobile devices they have come to depend on to operate their businesses, especially during COVID-19.

As Kerrigan writes in the piece:

Smartphones and tablets are an economic lifeline for the 30 million gig economy workers who connect to customers via mobile applications. A mobile internet infrastructure and versatile range of devices enable entrepreneurs to operate remotely and more flexibly.

In the months ahead, many small businesses will give up office space and look for other ways to cut overhead expenses to recover and stay competitive. Employees and teams have become comfortable using a variety of online platforms and devices to communicate and collaborate, which will impact the future of work in ways that are both exciting and yet to be identified. Mobile technology provides extraordinary flexibility and efficiencies, and there will be no turning back from some of the “workplace” changes that have become necessary due to COVID-19.    

But these changes and the acceleration to mobile in general are threatened. A dispute over the intellectual property in many of these devices could result in a halt to the importation of nearly 90 percent of the devices small businesses, their employees and the self-employed use to operate every day.

Read the Op-ed here.

 

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