October 23, 2013 | News, Statements

We Applaud the House Judiciary Introduction of Bipartisan Patent Reform Legislation

Chairman Goodlatte’s Innovation Act will reduce abusive patent litigation

 

The Internet Association applauds Chairman Goodlatte’s bipartisan introduction of The Innovation Act. This bill will reduce the unfair advantages and incentives that patent trolls rely on to target businesses of all sizes and sectors, costing our economy $80 billion per year. With minor but necessary improvements, this bill will help all hard-working American businesses and improve our patent system.

By making patent litigation more efficient, transparent, and balanced, this legislation will discourage many patent trolls from exploiting low quality patents to sue innocent startups, retailers, hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants, charities, municipalities, and both large and small businesses.

We also welcome the focus on addressing low quality patents by amending the PTO’s Covered Business Method program so that companies have an effective and less expensive alternative to litigation. The Internet Association and its member companies appreciate the work of the Chairman and his staff that led to the introduction of this bipartisan legislation and will continue working with the Chairman, members of the House Judiciary Committee, and their counterparts in the Senate on passage of legislation that reduces abusive patent litigation and improves patent quality.

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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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