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…

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CCIA Opposes Marketplace Fairness Act

The Computer & Communications Industry Association continues to oppose legislation, such as the Marketplace Fairness Act introduced today, which would impose burdensome tax collecting requirements on online retailers — regardless of physical presence.  While we understand and share the desire for state and local governments to be adequately funded in these times, we believe this…

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CCIA Welcomes Introduction of Startup Act 3.0

The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds Senators Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Coons, D-Del., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., for introducing the Startup Act 3.0, a farsighted proposal to unleash the power of U.S.-educated entrepreneurs to create jobs.  In particular, the bill’s focus on attracting and retaining entrepreneurial talent through the creation of…

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Spectrum Auctions and “the Free Market”

As the FCC develops ground rules for Incentive Auctions, in which spectrum relinquished voluntarily by TV broadcasters will “go on the market” and be auctioned, the two prospective bidders already holding the largest amount of spectrum, including what’s considered the “best” spectrum below 1 GHz, naturally argue for a “free market” approach with no restrictions…

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CCIA’s Top 13 Priorities for 2013 and Obama’s 2nd Term

Skilled Immigration Reform – Increase access to skilled foreign workers and entrepreneurs to ensure that the U.S. remains the global center of innovation.  Immigration reform legislation must include provisions addressing the availability of employment-based and entrepreneur visas. Privacy – Reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act including the treatment of mobile location information (GPS Act) to require warrants…

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CCIA Filed Comments with the Copyright Office on Orphan Works

CCIA filed comments with the Copyright Office Feb. 4th in response to their notice of inquiry on orphan works.  These comments identify statutory damages reform as a possible vehicle for mitigating the orphan works problem, pointing to recommendations made in the Association’s  2012 comments to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. As explained in the brief filing,  the three main sources…

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