May 21, 2014 | News, Statements

Statement on Senate’s Failure to Act on Patent Reform

Washington, D.C. –  The Internet Association’s President and CEO, Michael Beckerman issues the following statement regarding the status of patent reform in the Senate:

“The delay on a patent reform vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee is deeply disappointing. Patent abuse harms thousands of businesses – both small and large – from retailers to credit unions to main street businesses and the Internet community, as well as millions of consumers. Every day that reform is delayed is a win for patent trolls and a loss for hardworking Americans.

Last year, pro-reform stakeholders and consumer advocates united behind consensus patent reform legislation that passed the House of Representatives. It received the support of 325 Members of the House – a majority from both parties – and it was backed by President Obama. If it is not possible for the Senate Judiciary Committee to proceed with its own legislation, the Internet Association calls on Senate Majority Leader Reid to stand with innovators and bring the House-passed Innovation Act to the floor of the Senate for an up or down vote.”

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Virtuous Circle: Fireside Chat with Tim Westergren of Pandora

Pandora Founder & CEO Tim Westergren talks with Variety Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent Janko Roettgers about being a musician’s musician and the future of Pandora and streaming music at the Internet Association’s Virtuous Circle Conference.

Virtuous Circle Fireside Chat: Travis Kalanick & Arianna Huffington

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick talks with Arianna Huffington, Founder of Thrive Global, at the Internet Association’s Virtuous Circle Conference.

Statement On Election Of Rep. Walden As Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman

Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman released the following statement on Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-OR-2) election as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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