ICYMI: Experts Warn FTC Should Not Misuse Authority to Remake Antitrust Law

Washington – Concurrences Review and the Computer & Communications Industry Association hosted an event at the National Press Club June 27 on the Federal Trade Commission’s rulemaking authority. Throughout the day-long event, experts discussed the role of Congress vs. the FTC in changing antitrust law, and the legal and chilling economic impact of FTC’s approach…

CCIA Submits Comments To OSTP Supporting Privacy Enhancing Technologies

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments in response to an Office of Science and Technology Policy request for information on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs), which are automated processes for minimizing data usage and disclosure. PETs have the ability to “recode privacy law” in a manner that minimizes risk of unwanted disclosure…

CCIA Offers Recommendations for the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative detailing recommendations on priorities for the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade. In June, the Biden administration announced the launch of the economic and trade partnership between the U.S. and Taiwan to “advance and deepen the important U.S.-Taiwan…

CCIA, INCOMPAS, DiMA Submit Letter to FCC On Its Regulatory Fee Proposal

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has joined INCOMPAS and the Digital Media Association (DiMA) in a letter to the FCC responding to its question whether to require new types of companies – including companies that use unlicensed spectrum like WiFi – to pay annual regulatory fees. The letter notes that questions…

Copyright Office Releases “Copyright Protections for Press Publishers” Report

Washington – The Copyright Office released its report “Copyright Protections for Press Publishers” today. The report, at the request of Congress, evaluated the copyright protections for press publishers under existing law and recommended against adding European-style ancillary copyright rules. According to a statement from the Copyright Office on the report, “After carefully evaluating the information…

CCIA Statement on Conclusions of 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, Joint Industry Statement on E-Commerce Moratorium

Washington – The WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) took place on June 12-16. Trade ministers met to review the functioning of the multilateral trading system and to take action on the future work of the WTO.  At the conclusion of these meetings, WTO Members renewed the longstanding moratorium on applying customs duties on electronic transmissions, often…

CCIA Offers Comments To Japanese Regulators On Competition In The Mobile Ecosystem

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)  submitted comments on the Japan Digital Market Competition Headquarters’ (DMCH) Interim Reports on Evaluation of Competition in the Mobile Ecosystem and New Customer Contacts (Voice Assistants and Wearables). In its submission, CCIA offered Japanese antitrust regulators its view on the need for a comprehensive understanding of…

CCIA Welcomes Bipartisan Patent Bill That Would Update PTO Procedures, Promote Fairness In Patent Appeals Process

Washington – Senators Cornyn, Leahy, and Tillis have introduced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Reform Act of 2022 today.  Current USPTO guidance allows the PTAB to refuse to examine the validity of challenged patents, even if the patent is clearly invalid. This bi-partisan legislation would ensure that meritorious challenges to the validity of…

Product Safety: CCIA Europe Welcomes European Parliament Vote on New EU Rules

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) adopted its position on the proposed General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR). The aim of these new rules is to update the European framework that ensures the safety of products sold offline and online in the EU. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe)…