Congress Offers SHIELD Against Junk Patent Lawsuits

Two members of Congress have introduced legislation to help innovators combat patent trolls. The bill, dubbed the SHIELD Act (Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act) or HR 6245, co-authored by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow tech companies to recover litigation costs for nuisance lawsuits where the plaintiff made…

House Holds Hearing On Online Sales Tax Legislation

The Computer & Communications Industry Association continues to oppose H.R. 3179, the Marketplace Equity Act, on which the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing July 24.  The bill would allow states that have fulfilled certain simplification requirements to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales and use taxes on purchases made to residents of…

CCIA Opposes Online Sales Tax Collection Amendment

Sen. Enzi, R-Wyo., Sen. Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Alexander, R-Tenn., offered their Marketplace Fairness Act yesterday as an amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) opposed the Marketplace Fairness Act when it was first introduced, and we remain opposed to it, as it would impose…

Internet-friendly Language Proposed in Trade Agreement

The USTR has proposed the addition of Internet-friendly copyright language into what is being billed as the 21st Century trade agreement: the Trans Pacific Partnership. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomed the news of fair use-related language as a sign that negotiators aim to promote strong and balanced copyright provisions in the trade agreement.…