July 12, 2013 | News, Statements

Internet Association Statement on H.R. 2639, the “Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013”

The Internet Association thanks Congressmen Jeffries and Farenthold for their introduction of H.R. 2639, the “Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013.”  This legislation addresses systemic flaws in patent litigation that patent trolls exploit to bring speculative patent cases in the hope of a quick nuisance settlement. By requiring more precision in initial pleadings, the bill would allow courts and defendants to better assess the legitimacy of infringement claims.  By refining the sequence of discovery, the bill will alleviate some of the litigation burdens faced by legitimate innovators, making it easier to take on patent trolls asserting flawed patents or meritless claims.

Because patent trolls have many tools at their disposal, more will need to be done to both improve patent quality and reduce abusive patent litigation. However, this piece of legislation is an important contribution to that overall effort.

An Open Letter To ICANN From The Internet Economy

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Internet Association issued an open letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President and CEO Göran Marby, arguing ICANN has a unique opportunity now, more than ever before, to set the Internet on a path forward to thrive…

Statement On Patent Quality Measurement

Washington, DC – Today, the Internet Association submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on the Patent Quality Metrics for Fiscal Year 2017. Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association, made the following statement on the submission…

Statement In Support Of The Stopping Mass Hacking Act

Washington, DC – Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement in support of the Stopping Mass Hacking Act (S. 2952), which rejects changes to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the Internet Association issued an open letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President and CEO Göran Marby, arguing ICANN has a unique opportunity now, more than ever before, to set the Internet on a path forward to thrive…

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