February 12, 2015 | Letters, News, Press Releases

Internet Association Weighs in on the Impact of Recent Supreme Court Cases in the Patent Arena

Washington, D.C. – The Internet Association submitted a letter for the record in today’s House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing examining recent Supreme Court cases in the patent arena. The letter highlights the debilitating impact patent trolls continue to have on businesses – large and small – and impresses upon Congress that recent Supreme Court rulings, while incrementally helpful, do not solve the problem of patent trolls for our economy.

From the letter:

“While each of these cases, and some other developments outside of Congress, brought about incremental changes to patent litigation, none of them can or should be considered a silver bullet – or even a lead bullet, for that matter – when it comes to stopping abuse of the patent litigation system.”

Additionally, the letter urges Congress to pass legislation that provides the comprehensive and meaningful reform critical to protecting start ups from patent trolls’ meritless lawsuits.

From the letter:

“Patent litigation reform remains as much a problem in need of a practical solution in 2015, as it was in 2013 when the Innovation Act passed in the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. The changes to the law brought about by the Supreme Court (which could be reversed or diluted in future cases) cannot be compared to the comprehensive and meaningful reform only Congress can implement.”

The full letter can be viewed here.

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Statement On Senate Passage Of The Music Modernization Act

IA Director, Federal Government Affairs & Counsel Mike Lemon issued the following statement on the passage of the Music Modernization Act in the Senate.

Internet Association Proposes Privacy Principles For A Modern National Regulatory Framework

Washington, DC – Internet Association (IA) today released six principles and policy considerations to modernize national privacy legislation. The internet industry supports an American approach to federal privacy legislation that is consistent nationwide, proportional, flexible, and encourages companies to act as good stewards of the personal information provided to them by individuals. “Internet Association members Read more »

Statement On U.S.-Mexico Announced Preliminary Agreement

Washington, DC — Internet Association Director of Trade and International Policy Jordan Haas issued the following statement in response to the announced U.S.-Mexico two-way trade understanding: “The internet industry is optimistic about the potential of a new NAFTA that will, for the first time, recognize the internet as an important U.S. export that contributes to Read more »

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IA Director, Federal Government Affairs & Counsel Mike Lemon issued the following statement on the passage of the Music Modernization Act in the Senate.

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