In today's global economy, the protection of intellectual property (IP) is especially critical for small businesses and entrepreneurs. No matter what industry or line of business - from local shops to manufacturers, Internet ventures to songwriters, fashion designers to specialty food makers - IP matters to the growth and competitiveness of the entrepreneurial sector. In this second edition of Unleashing Small Business Through IP, SBE Council chief economist Raymond J. Keating provides insights and hard data on the role of IP in our economy. This book reveals the heavy costs associated with IP theft, and IP's impact on innovation, entrepreneurship, investment and quality job creation. In our increasingly competitive yet interdependent global economy, the establishment and enforcement of IP rights is essential for all of its players - and especially small business.
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