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The Internet Association Applauds Innovation Act Passage

Strong bipartisan passage of H.R. 3309 is an important step towards meaningful reforms

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association issued the following statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309):

“The Internet Association welcomes the bipartisan passage of The Innovation Act as we fight to protect legitimate businesses from patent trolls engaged in abusive litigation practices. Leveling the playing field and making the process more transparent will discourage patent trolls from exploiting low quality patents to sue innocent businesses of all sizes and sectors, draining jobs and $80 billion per year from our economy. The extortion practices of patent trolls need to stop.

“The hard work today from Chairman Goodlatte, Congresswoman Lofgren, and overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats will go a long way to ensure this legislation makes it to the President’s desk. Signing patent reform into law will protect innovation, help our economy, and protect jobs. We will continue to build on this proposal as the process moves forward to ensure the strongest bill possible becomes law.

“Protections for innocent hard-working American businesses are needed now, more than ever. As this bill moves to the House floor and companion legislation is considered in the Senate, we will work with Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the White House to make the necessary improvements to ensure abusive litigation fueled by bad patents ends.”

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