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.

Statement on TC Heartland Decision

Washington, D.C. – Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement following the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision in In re: TC Heartland, LLC: “The Internet Association is disappointed that the Court of Appeals failed to limit the ability of parties to forum shop in patent litigation. Unfortunately, opportunistic Read more »

Statement on House Passage of the Email Privacy Act

Washington, D.C. – Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement applauding the House passage of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699): “The Internet industry applauds House passage of legislation that further safeguards the privacy of Internet users and their digital content. Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Rep. Kevin Yoder, Rep. Jared Polis, and Read more »

TransferWise Joins the Internet Association

BECKERMAN: “TransferWise is a perfect example of how the Internet can be used to increase quality and reduce prices for users worldwide.”   Washington, D.C. – The Internet Association announced today that TransferWise, the innovative international money transfer platform, has joined its growing membership ranks. TransferWise harnesses the power of the Internet to cut the Read more »

Latest News

Washington, D.C. – Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement following the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision in In re: TC Heartland, LLC: “The Internet Association is disappointed that the Court of Appeals failed to limit the ability of parties to forum shop in patent litigation. Unfortunately, opportunistic Read more »

Read more news »

Stay Updated

Send me IA updates
I'm a member of the press
<