Technology & IP

July 5th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – Technological advancements, including in the area of broadband, are vital to starting up and building small businesses. It follows that it’s critical that elected officials and their appointees get policies right that affect broadband. What does “right” mean? It’s about policies that serve as a sound foundation for the private […]

June 24th, 2024 by

An OP-ED in the Buffalo News authored by SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan explains how the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act and the PREVAIL Act would help startups gain venture funding and bring their groundbreaking inventions to market. Kerrigan illustrates the importance of patents to startup success, with patent-holding companies earning significantly more venture […]

June 17th, 2024 by

The Honorable Kathi Vidal U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 600 Dulany Street Arlington, VA 22314   Dear Director Vidal: On behalf of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), I am writing to provide comments in response to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s April 19 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning proposed modifications […]

April 26th, 2024 by

….and to Reaffirm America’s Commitment to Strengthening and Upholding IP Rights and Protections FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. – Today is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, a day to celebrate the creative spirit and innovation that drive progress and economic growth. It is a day to create awareness about the importance of IP rights and […]

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January 17th, 2024 by

The Honorable Kathi Vidal Director United States Patent and Trademark Office P.O. Box 1450 Alexandria, VA, 22313-1450   Docket No. PTO-C-2023-0019: Request for Information Related to WIPO IGC Negotiations on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge, 88 Fed. Reg. 13003 (Oct. 24, 2023)   Dear Director Vidal, The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) […]

November 27th, 2023 by

In a November 22 Boston Herald Op-Ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reminds readers about the competitive and economic dangers of President Biden’s support for waiving intellectual property (IP) rights on U.S.-made COVID vaccines and expanding the waiver to include COVID therapies and tests. The give-a-away would waive aspects of the World Trade […]

November 26th, 2023 by

In his latest Forbes column, GVC president Neil Ware spotlights SBE Council’s recent AI survey and writes about the positive effect AI tools are having across a wide range of business functions. In addition to saving employees and owners a massive amount of time (thus money) through automation and offloading low-value work, Neil covers a […]

November 6th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – No one should be surprised when the Biden administration stakes out policy ground that diverges greatly from the views and well-being of small businesses. That’s been the case on a wide array of issues, from taxes to regulations to intellectual property and more, and now we see it again regarding […]

November 3rd, 2023 by

President Joseph R. Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, District of Columbia 20500 Re: The Imperative for U.S. Government Support of Startups, Small Businesses, and Entrepreneurs in the Global Digital Economy The undersigned, representing a broad and diverse community of entrepreneur, small business, and startup innovators, collectively share our deep concern with […]

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