CCIA Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Women and the Arts on Tuesday. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Sen. Ron Wyden and ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade spoke in between videos depicting CCIA’s 40 year history. CCIA was started by seven small to mid-sized companies who were trying to compete with IBM. Chehade said those like CCIA who are doing all they can to advocate…

Shifting Language Threatens WIPO Treaty on Visually Impaired

Throughout its 40-year history, CCIA has aligned itself with sensible IP and technology policy efforts and has also taken broader stands on things like human rights and free expression. Often, a case arises that commingles these interests. One such issue involves international copyright exceptions for those who are blind or have other reading disabilities. Delegates…

CCIA Endorses TRIPS Deferral Request For Least Developed Countries

Today, CCIA endorsed a bid by the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDC’s) to remove any specific deadline for full compliance with the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement. As a technology trade organization, CCIA believes premature implementation of stepped up protections would be counterproductive, adding costs to public health systems and other administrative…

Congress Introduces SHIELD To Protect Against Junk Patent Lawsuits

A House Democrat and Republican have introduced legislation to help protect innovators from patent trolls. The bill, dubbed the SHIELD Act (Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act), co-authored by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow tech companies to recover litigation costs of lawsuits where the plaintiff’s legal claims had…

Patent Troll Week in DC, NYC

The toll of patent trolls is a focus this week with the PTO hosting a software patent roundtable in New York and CCIA hosting a panel discussion on patent trolls on Capitol Hill Thursday. Earlier this month, President Obama held a Google+ hangout in which he was asked about limiting the abuse of software patents…