CCIA Statement Following Senate Confirmation Of New USPTO Leader

Washington – The Senate voted Monday evening to confirm Kathi Vidal to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Vidal is an experienced patent attorney who led the Silicon Valley office of Winston & Strawn. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has advocated for tech policy that advances innovation, including high quality patents, for 50…

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ICYMI: Experts Discuss Finding the Right Balance in Competition Enforcement and Start-up Acquisitions

Washington – FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips gave the keynote address at the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s annual panel on digital competition issues Tuesday ahead of  the American Bar Association (ABA) Antitrust Spring Meeting. Phillips told those at the lunch panel the two biggest antitrust changes he expects under the Biden administration FTC will be…

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CCIA Files Brief As Texas Appeals Decision That Blocked Enforcement Of Its Unconstitutional Content Moderation Law

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and NetChoice have filed a brief Friday before the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a case involving a social media law in Texas. The Fifth Circuit federal court is expected to hear oral arguments in New Orleans on May 9 on the state’s…

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USTR Releases Annual Report Documenting Rising Barriers to Digital Trade

Washington — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual National Trade Estimate (NTE) report that plays a valuable role in identifying and addressing barriers for internet services and internet-enabled businesses. For the 2022 Report, USTR detailed a number of foreign regulations including digital authoritarianism measures, regulations pursued under the guise of “digital…

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House E&C To Question FCC About Internet Access, Spectrum At Oversight Hearing

Washington – Four FCC commissioners will testify Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce communications subcommittee’s planned oversight hearing. Though President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn in October 2021 to be the fifth commissioner to the panel, the Senate has yet to vote. The Commission faces a slate of issues when they have a full team…

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CCIA Encourages Biden Administration to be Ambitious with Trade Agenda and Address Discriminatory Practices of Trading Partners

Washington — The U.S. House Ways & Means Committee and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee are scheduled to hold hearings this week with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on the 2022 Biden Trade Agenda. CCIA looks forward to hearing how the Administration’s worker-centered trade agenda can help foster economic growth for all, including how trade…

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CCIA, 31 Other Organizations, Scholars Ask Congress To Oppose Controversial Copyright Proposal, Tech Mandates

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with 31 other civil society groups, academics, associations, and companies sent a letter expressing their concerns about legislation that would put the government in charge of creating technical standards and undermine the balance in current law that protects both copyright and innovation, known as the Digital…

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CCIA Statement on Political Agreement on the EU Digital Markets Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — European Union leaders have reached a political agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposal. The compromise between the European Parliament, the Commission, and the Council of Ministers paves the way for formal adoption of the regulation, which is expected to come into force this October.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

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