Diverse Industries Come Together to Tell Congress to Act Now to Fight the Terrible Abuses of Patent Trolls
Washington, D.C. – Today, The Internet Association released a video outlining the issue of patent trolls and their abuse on the economy. This effort is amplified by leading industry and consumer rights organizations including National Retail Federation, Printing Industries of America, U.S. Travel Association, National Restaurant Association, Public Knowledge, among others. The Internet Association produced the video as an urgent call to action for the U.S. Senate to move forward and swiftly pass meaningful patent reform.
“In our mission to combat patent trolls, The Internet Association welcomes the support of such a diverse group of pro-patent reform stakeholders. These groups represent a huge segment of our economy and demonstrate the breadth of support for meaningful patent reform,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association. “The patent troll problem has gotten out of control, and we need Congress to immediately fix the inequities that allow hard working businesses to be victimized. We need a real solution now.”
The video, entitled Stop Bad Patents, focuses on how patent trolls affect small businesses and tech startups, the astronomical statistics on patent lawsuits, and the overall impact of patent trolls on the Internet economy.
The Internet Association and its member companies are committed to working with Congress to advance patent reform legislation into law and stop patent abuse. Organizations joining the effort include 1776, American Apparel and Footwear Association, American Gaming Association, American Hotel and Lodging Association, Apps Developers Alliance, Coalition for Patent Fairness, Competitive Carriers Association, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Consumer Electronics Association, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine, Generation Opportunity, i2Coalition, Information Technology Industry Council, Main Street Coalition, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, Printing Industries of America, Public Knowledge, R Street Institute, The Travel Technology Association, U.S. Telecom Association, and U.S. Travel Association.
Together we can #fixpatents. Visit: www.StopBadPatents.org.