April 1, 2014 | News, Press Releases, Web Videos

SENATOR SCHUMER AND THE INTERNET ASSOCIATION TELL CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION NOW TO STOP BAD PATENTS

In His First-Ever Google Hangout, Senator Schumer Leads Online Panel on Critical Patent Reform Solutions to Combat Patent Trolls

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, New York’s senior Senator Charles Schumer and The Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman led a Google+ Hangout to highlight the need for reform harmful impact of patent trolls on the innovation economy and discussed the solutions federal reforms would provide. Senator Schumer discussed the reckless harm patent trolls are causing to New York businesses including AOL, Inc., Etsy.com, Foursquare, and Union Square Ventures. Participants discussed how innovative Internet technologies have grown the economy and created jobs in New York communities and how the extortionist behaviors of patent trolls threaten their businesses.

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“As the Senate gets even closer this week to considering patent reform legislation, hearing stories from companies like Union Square Ventures, Etsy, AOL, Foursquare and others about the real economic toll patent trolls are taking becomes even more important,” said Senator Schumer. “When it comes to making sure American businesses – especially small businesses – can thrive and grow, patent reform is one of the most important things we in Congress can do. It’s why I was one of the first out of the gate on the issue, and why I won’t let up until we pass strong, effective reforms that will eradicate the scourge of patent trolls plaguing startups and other US innovators.”

“The time to act is now,” said Michael Beckerman. “The Internet Association applauds Senator Schumer’s leadership and hopes that the Senate will follow his lead to deter the abusive litigation practices of patent trolls wielding low-quality patents. At a time when patent trolls are taking $80 billion out of the economy each year and threatening businesses across the country, Congress must pass strong bipartisan reforms to combat patent trolls and promote innovation and economic growth.”

Jeff Roberts, the Law & Policy Reporter at Gigaom moderated the livestream discussion.

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Pew Partners with The Internet Association to Help Voters ‘Get to the Polls’

Washington, D.C. — With the U.S. midterm elections less than two weeks away, The Internet Association and The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project, in conjunction with the world’s leading technology companies, are launching “Get to the Polls” (www.gettothepolls.com) to help voters find all the information they need before voting Nov. 4.

The Internet Association Files Amicus Brief in Landmark Patent Case

Washington, D.C. – As abusive patent litigation remains a problem in the U.S. court system, The Internet Association stands in support of legal action to prevent the International Trade Commission (ITC) from stretching its patent law authority to regulate the Internet.

Statement on Michelle Lee’s Nomination

The Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issues the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of Michelle Lee as the Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Washington, D.C. — With the U.S. midterm elections less than two weeks away, The Internet Association and The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project, in conjunction with the world’s leading technology companies, are launching “Get to the Polls” (www.gettothepolls.com) to help voters find all the information they need before voting Nov. 4.

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