September 23, 2013 | Statements

The Internet Association Statement Regarding Chairman Goodlatte’s Patent Reform Discussion Draft

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association, released the following statement today regarding U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s introduction of draft patent reform legislation:

“The Internet Association applauds Chairman Goodlatte’s hard work to explore a solution to the growing problem of patent troll litigation. Patent trolls cost the economy billions of dollars and pose a drag on innovation. The release of this draft legislation is an important step toward tackling this problem. The Internet Association will examine the new draft closely to ensure that it includes meaningful reform that puts the patent trolls out of business.”

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Calling to End New York AG’s Reckless Fishing Expedition Targeting Airbnb

“The New York Attorney General’s government-sponsored fishing expedition targeting Airbnb is unwarranted, unjust, and is unfairly harming ordinary New Yorkers. Airbnb generates positive economic returns for cities around the world, adds millions of dollars to local economies, and brings more people to New York. Airbnb should be welcomed by business and government leaders hungry for a boost in local tourism, not pushed out by politicians seeking to protect incumbents and special interests.”

The Internet Association and Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz Highlight Internet Innovation Empowering South Florida Small Businesses

Today, The Internet Association stopped in Hollywood, Florida for a small business crawl to highlight local entrepreneurs who are using the Internet in innovative ways to grow their businesses, create jobs, and attract new customers. The walking tour included stops at four unique businesses: Hollywood Antique Center, Presence Community Acupuncture, Hispanic Unity of Florida, and Gino’s Market.

INTERNET ASSOCIATION URGES SENATE TO BRING STRONG PATENT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR

“The Internet Association continues to work with the Senate Judiciary Committee to bring strong patent legislation to the floor. We agree with Chairman Leahy that it is not enough simply to get any bill through the Committee. To be effective, legislation must target the mechanisms that patent trolls use to skew the odds in their favor and to shield themselves from responsibility for misuse of our patent system. At a minimum, strong fee shifting and discovery provisions must be part of that package.”

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“The New York Attorney General’s government-sponsored fishing expedition targeting Airbnb is unwarranted, unjust, and is unfairly harming ordinary New Yorkers. Airbnb generates positive economic returns for cities around the world, adds millions of dollars to local economies, and brings more people to New York. Airbnb should be welcomed by business and government leaders hungry for a boost in local tourism, not pushed out by politicians seeking to protect incumbents and special interests.”

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