The Internet has become the backbone of our economy — powering big technology companies, local stores and restaurants alike. Businesses across Virginia rely on the Internet to connect to their customers, whether through online advertising, e-commerce or simply providing maps to help potential customers reach them. These common tools, traditionally confined to the technology sector, have opened Virginia businesses to a new threat: patent trolls.
Monthly Archives: November 2013
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 issued the following statement welcoming the introduction of The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 :
“The Internet Association welcomes Chairman Leahy and Senator Lee’s bill to the patent reform conversation. Because patent trolls have many tools at their disposal, more will need to be done to both improve patent quality and reduce abusive patent litigation. This piece of legislation is an important contribution to that overall effort. We look forward to working with Chairman Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee as this process moves forward.”
The Valley News Op-ed Column: Vermont Leads War Against Patent Trolls
Steve Voigt and Michael Beckerman
To the Valley News
Sunday, November 17, 2013
(Published in print: Sunday, November 17, 2013)
There’s a silent drain on businesses across the country: patent trolls. These companies do not make or create anything. They exist solely to prey on legitimate and productive businesses through the threat of litigation. And they’re doing real harm to our economy, to the tune of $80 billion every year.
In Case You Missed It, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to a Manhattan granny: Gimme all your records.
In Case You Missed It, Jerry Tarrant, co-founder and chief operating officer of MyWebGrocer in Winooski, Vt., says he has spent more than $100,000 in attorney’s fees fending off letters from companies claiming MyWebGrocer was infringing on their patents.
In Case You Missed It, Airbnb has garnered new soldiers in the fight against New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s subpoena demanding information about the site’s users: civil liberties groups.
In Case You Missed It, Airbnb’s New York users have the right to keep the records of their activity “shielded from unauthorized snooping,” the advocacy groups Electronic Frontier Foundation and Center for Democracy & Technology argue in new court papers.
In Case You Missed It, an attempt by New York’s Attorney General to obtain data about Airbnb’s New York users could harm a vast array of online businesses, a coalition of Web companies warns in new court papers.