June 4, 2013 | News, Other, Statements

Statement on White House Announcement on Patent Trolls

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association released the following statement applauding today’s announcement by the White House regarding patent trolls:

The Internet Association applauds the executive actions on high-tech patents announced by the White House today and we echo the President’s call for legislation to put patent trolls out of business for good. As the President said, patent trolls are nothing more than extortionists, abusing the court system to shake down innocent inventors, entrepreneurs and end users.

Bogus patents and frivolous lawsuits are holding back innovation and costing American consumers billions of dollars each year. The White House proposals will help crack down on the most abusive practices. The actions announced today are a significant step toward requiring fee shifting in more cases, increasing transparency with respect to the parties responsible for abusive patent litigation, improving the quality of software patents and reducing forum shopping at the ITC.

Internet companies spend too much time and resources defending against abusive patent litigation. Economists recently estimated that patent trolls are a $29 billion a year drain on the U.S. economy. We commend the White House for the bold actions announced today.

The Internet Association thanks Chairmen Goodlatte and Leahy, Senators Cornyn and Schumer, and others in Congress for their leadership in proposing legislation to address these areas of significant concern. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration on these actions and more to curb the abuse to the patent system that draining resources from innovation and is costing American jobs.

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Statement Announcing Intention To Intervene In Judicial Action To Preserve Net Neutrality Protections

Washington, DC — Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the publication of the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” that will gut net neutrality protections for consumers, startups, and other stakeholders: “The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule defies the Read more »

Statement on Gov. Cuomo’s Online Election Advertising Proposal

Albany, NY — John Olsen, Internet Association Executive Director for the State of New York, issued the following statement on Gov. Cuomo’s online election advertising proposal: “Internet Association commends Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers for starting a discussion about how to ensure greater transparency in online election advertising. IA is working with Federal policymakers on Read more »

Statement On Rep. Nadler’s Appointment As Ranking Member Of The House Judiciary Committee

IA President & CEO Michael Beckerman released the following statement on the election of Rep. Jerry Nadler as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee: “The internet industry congratulates Rep. Nadler on his election as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Nadler has a long track record of leadership on internet issues and Read more »

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Washington, DC — Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the publication of the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” that will gut net neutrality protections for consumers, startups, and other stakeholders: “The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule defies the Read more »

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