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date icon June 28, 2013 category icon 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 27, 2013 category icon 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 4, 2013 category icon Statements

Statement on White House Announcement on Patent Trolls

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association released the following statement applauding today’s announcement by the White House regarding patent trolls: The Internet Association applauds the executive actions on high-tech patents announced by the White House today and we echo the President’s call for legislation to put patent trolls out of business for good. As the President said, patent trolls are nothing more than extortionists, abusing the court system to shake down innocent inventors, entrepreneurs and end users…

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date icon May 23, 2013 category icon Statements

The Internet Association Applauds Senator Cornyn’s Patent Abuse Reduction Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement in response to Senator Cornyn’s introduction of the Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 (S.1013):

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date icon May 16, 2013 category icon Press Releases Statements

Statement on House Passage of Internet Governance Legislation (H.R. 1580)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1580 by the U.S. House of Representatives:

This week, the House of Representatives took an important step to protect Internet freedom by preserving the Internet’s multi-stakeholder governance model as official U.S. policy. This legislation sends a strong signal to the international community that the United States is committed to promoting a global Internet free from government control.

Protecting a free Internet for all people is essential to the preservation of political and economic liberty. The Internet Association supports the flow of information free from government control. We applaud the House Energy and Commerce leadership on this issue and appreciate the broad bipartisan support of this bill.

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date icon May 16, 2013 category icon Press Releases Statements

The Internet Association Welcomes PPI Study On California Internet Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, The Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement in response to the results of a study released by the Progressive Policy Institute. The study highlights recent encouraging signs of job growth in the Internet and tech sector in California that could help lift the state out of its economic doldrums, including hard-hit areas such as the Central Valley.
The report is authored by PPI’s chief economic strategist Dr. Michael Mandel and the research was conducted in partnership with The Internet Association. The report can be found on PPI’s website here.

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date icon May 9, 2013 category icon Press Releases Statements

Statement: The Internet Association Welcomes Senator Schumer’s Patent Bill

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The Internet Association, the D.C. based trade organization representing the interests of leading Internet companies, issued the following statement from its President and CEO Michael Beckerman on the introduction of S.866, the Patent Quality Improvement Act of 2013:

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date icon April 25, 2013 category icon Press Releases Statements

Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of ECPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, The Internet Association issued the following statement in support of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of the Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act of 2013:

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date icon April 19, 2013 category icon Press Releases Statements

The Internet Association Applauds Gang of Eight Bipartisan Deal to Modernize Immigration Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet Association issued the following statement applauding the Senate Gang of 8 on their comprehensive immigration reform legislation, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013:

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date icon April 18, 2013 category icon Statements

The Internet Association’s Statement on H.R. 1580, A Bill to Affirm the Policy of the United States Regarding Internet Governance.

Yesterday marked an important day for Internet Freedom. The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance.

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date icon April 10, 2013 category icon Statements

The Internet Association’s Statement on Markup of H.R. __, A Bill to Affirm the Policy of the United States Regarding Internet Governance

Millions of people across the globe have rejected the proposed U.N. takeover of the Internet. Last year, the U.S. Congress in a strong bipartisan manner, voted to unanimously oppose the ITU’s intervention in the governance of the Internet.

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date icon March 19, 2013 category icon Press Releases Statements

The Internet Association Statement on Bipartisan Leahy-Lee ECPA Reform Bill ECPA law must be updated for the digital age

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of leading global Internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga, issued the following statement regarding Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introducing a bill today that would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The Internet Association supports updating the ECPA privacy law.

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Washington, DC – Internet Association’s Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs Michael Bloom released the following statement on the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act:  “The internet industry appreciates the House passing the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, ensuring that the millions of Americans participating in the online economy are supported during the unprecedented economic downturn brought… Read more

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