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)…

CCIA Joins Associations In Letter To Congress On Privacy Bill

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined the Software & Information Industry Association, and TechNet in a letter supporting the effort toward creating a baseline federal privacy standard, but expressing concerns about the private right of action in the American Data Protection and Privacy Act. The letter  to Senate Commerce and House Energy…

CCIA Supports Congressional Efforts Toward Federal Privacy Legislation

Washington – Members of Congress released a draft bill Friday the “American Data Privacy and Protection Act” that aims for baseline federal privacy protections. The bipartisan deal between Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., would set…

CCIA Announces New Hires Including Former Deputy Assistant USTR Jonathan McHale

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is pleased to welcome former Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Jonathan McHale as Vice President of Digital Trade for the not for profit international tech trade association. McHale will assist CCIA’s DC and Brussels offices on trade issues along with Senior Policy counsel Rachael Stelly and another…

Supreme Court Pauses Texas Social Media Law Ahead Of Lower Court Reviewing Constitutional Concerns

Washington – The Supreme Court has issued an emergency ruling temporarily blocking HB 20, the Texas social media law, from being enforced while a lower court resolves a preliminary First Amendment challenge to the statute.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association and NetChoice jointly filed an emergency brief Friday, May 13, asking the U.S. Supreme…

CCIA Responds To Manager’s Amendment To Controversial Antitrust Bill

Washington – Sen. Amy Klobuchar reintroduced a slightly revised version of her controversial S. 2992 bill that had come under criticism for a range of issues from increasing costs on popular digital services to requiring U.S. firms to share data with foreign companies. The manager’s amendment unfortunately contains most of the same provisions. During the…

Fireside Chat With Hal Varian: Antitrust Bills Would Harm Tech Market, Consumers

Washington – A recent fireside chat with Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian featured discussion on the flawed reasoning behind proposed tech regulations in antitrust bills like S. 2992, H.R. 3825, and H.R. 3826. Together with the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Director of Research and Economics Trevor Wagener, Hal Varian countered arguments supporting the proposed…