date icon June 28, 2013 category icon News, Statements

The Internet Association Statement on the PATENT Jobs Act (H.R. 2582)

The Internet Association thanks Reps. Eshoo (D-CA), Honda (D-CA), and Lofgren (D-CA) for their introduction of H.R. 2582, the “PATENT Jobs Act.” To curb abusive patent litigation that harms the economy and slows the pace of innovation, the Patent and Trademark Office must first ensure that it issues only valid, high-quality patents. Subjecting the PTO funds to sequestration threatens this core mission of the Office.

Unlike most other federal agencies and offices, the PTO funds its own operations through user fees. By ensuring that the PTO has full access to its own resources to conduct meaningful review of patent applications, the PATENT Jobs Act will reduce the number of vague, overbroad, or otherwise flawed patents granted by the PTO. More work needs to be done to solve the problem with abusive patent litigation, but this legislation makes an important contribution to that effort.

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date icon June 28, 2013 category icon ICYMI, News

ICYMI- Tom Manatos Getting Ready to Make Tech History

In Case You Missed It, Tom Manatos has the sort of Beltway résumé that probably could land him a gig as a lobbyist on just about any issue.

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date icon June 27, 2013 category icon News, Press Releases, Statements

Immigration Reform Empowers America’s Economic Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of the Internet Association issued the following statement lauding the Senate’s passage of The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744):

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date icon June 25, 2013 category icon News, Press Releases

Practice Fusion Joins The Internet Association

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, is pleased to announce that Practice Fusion has joined its association of global industry leaders including Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Gilt, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Path, Rackspace, salesforce.com, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga.

Practice Fusion, the largest physician-patient platform in the US, is one of the fastest-growing players in the health technology space. With a free electronic medical record (EMR) system for doctors, Practice Fusion’s life-saving technology has grown to now manage 65 million patients across the US. It provides medical offices scheduling, charting, e-prescribing, lab integrations, referral letters and mobile access – all at no cost to medical professionals. The EMR has made a significant impact on the healthcare economy by preventing medical errors and adding efficiency through data-driven technology.

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date icon June 19, 2013 category icon News, Press Releases

The Internet Association Welcomes Gilt

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, is excited to announce that Gilt has joined its growing list of industry leaders. The Internet Association welcomes Gilt to collaborate on discussions around Internet policies and procedures with member companies including Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Path, Rackspace, salesforce.com, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga.

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date icon June 18, 2013 category icon ICYMI, News

ICYMI- A Seat at the Table

The top lobbyist for the Internet industry says it’s his job to prevent a repeat of the 2012 Internet blackout protest over anti-piracy legislation.

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date icon June 12, 2013 category icon News, Op-Eds

The Future of the Global Economy Depends on the U.S.-EU Trade Deal

The future of the global economy is at stake. With both the United States and the European Union economies generating over $15.6 trillion in GDP and accounting for about half of the entire world GDP, we must pay close attention to negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

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date icon June 7, 2013 category icon News, Op-Eds

Hammond and Beckerman: How Patent Trolls are Chewing into Your Wallet

In April, Dallas-based Neiman Marcus became the newest target of a growing industry designed to cripple companies with litigation on the basis of undisclosed patent infringements. IP Nav, also a Dallas-based “company,” sent a letter to Neiman’s claiming patent infringement on unrevealed “valuable patents in the field of automation of application programs.”

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date icon June 7, 2013 category icon ICYMI, News

ICYMI- How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response

In Case You Missed It, researchers have now started publishing data on the use of social media in disasters, and lawmakers and security experts have begun to assess how emergency management can best adapt.

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date icon June 7, 2013 category icon ICYMI, News

ICYMI- How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response

Congress is grappling with the benefits and risks of using Facebook, Twitter and other social media during emergencies.

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Holladay, UT – Internet Association (IA) and Congressman John Curtis (R-UT-3) today will tour small businesses and community organizations in Holladay, UT as part of an “Internet Community Crawl” to discuss how local businesses, nonprofits, and community groups use the internet to expand and succeed. “The local business community and residents of Holladay – like…

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