In Case You Missed It, Washington is finally getting serious about curbing patent trolls. Now if only Congress could funnel its enthusiasm into one comprehensive bill.
Monthly Archives: July 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, is pleased to announce that reddit has joined in the fight to protect Internet freedom alongside global industry leaders such as Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Gilt, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Path, Practice Fusion, Rackspace, salesforce.com, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing leading global Internet companies including AirBnb, Amazon.com, AOL, ebay, Expedia, Facebook, Gilt, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Path, Practice Fusion, Rackspace, salesforce.com, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Yahoo! and Zynga, unveiled a new, unprecedented resource to protect Internet freedom for the global user community.
The Internet Association’s interactive website offers the global user community a useful tool to engage with policymakers and ensure that the Internet’s voice will be heard.
The Internet Association thanks Congressmen Jeffries and Farenthold for their introduction of H.R. 2639, the “Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013.” This legislation addresses systemic flaws in patent litigation that patent trolls exploit to bring speculative patent cases in the hope of a quick nuisance settlement. By requiring more precision in initial pleadings, the bill would allow courts and defendants to better assess the legitimacy of infringement claims. By refining the sequence of discovery, the bill will alleviate some of the litigation burdens faced by legitimate innovators, making it easier to take on patent trolls asserting flawed patents or meritless claims.
The future of the global economy is at stake. With both the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU) 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 (TTIP).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today The Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement regarding the letter the association sent to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlining concerns on the actual knowledge standard of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”):
Excerpt: The Internet Association and our members share the Commission’s strong commitment to protecting children’s online privacy. We are writing to express concern, however, that a recently added COPPA Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) has created uncertainty that could make full compliance by the July 1, 2013, effective date unrealistic. In particular, COPPA FAQ D.5, which attempts…