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.

Internet Association Releases Study on the Effects of NYC Hotel Boom on Permanent Housing

The Internet Association today released a study detailing the interplay of hotel growth and residential housing stock in New York City over the past six years.

Statement Supporting Passage of the Consumer Review Fairness Act

Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the passage of the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” (H.R. 5111) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Internet Association Files Amicus Brief In Support Of Home Sharing, Section 230

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Internet Association, along with CALinnovates, filed an amicus brief supporting home sharing platforms in their challenge to San Francisco’s ordinance that looks to hold internet platforms liable for content posted by users. The brief delivers a full-throated defense of the intermediary liability protections in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).

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