PTO Requests Comments On Changes To Make It Difficult To Challenge Weak Patents

Washington – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has requested comments on making permanent changes to the system currently used to challenge weak or overly broad patents known as inter partes review.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to Patent and Trademark Office Director Iancu last year warning him that making it…

CCIA Expresses Concern About FCC Plans To Alter Legal Protections For Services Facilitating Free Speech Online

Washington — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement today on liability rules for services that facilitate free speech online, saying he planned to move forward with steps to alter the law in response to a request from President Trump and later the Commerce Department. The rules under Section 230 of the Communications…

House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Proposal Calls For Competition Policy Changes That Take Aim At Tech Companies, Consumers 

Washington — House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee chairman David Cicilline has released a Democratic-only proposal targeting several popular tech companies. The recommendations include introducing amendments to the current antitrust system that would not benefit consumers.  Republicans have released a separate Report not supporting some of the most radical democratic recommendations such as mandates to structurally separate…

CCIA To Testify Before ITC On Positive Impact of U.S. Free Trade Agreements

Washington — The International Trade Commission is beginning two days of hearings on the economic impact of various U.S. free trade agreements. Computer & Communications Industry Association Vice President Arthur Sidney will testify Wednesday telling the ITC about elements in trade agreements that have boosted the tech industry and enabled digital trade around the world. …

CCIA Submits Comments on the Review of EU Cybersecurity Law

CCIA has submitted comments to the European Commission’s consultation on the review of the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. Two years into force, CCIA believes that the NIS Directive has contributed to a higher level of security of network and information systems. Above all, the principles and foundations of the EU’s first cybersecurity legislation…

CCIA To Testify At House Judiciary Hearing On Copyright Issues Wednesday

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee plans a hearing Wednesday on copyright issues with testimony from Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers. The hearing is expected to discuss the Copyright Office’s recent report on Section 512, enacted as part of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Section 512 provides a means for…