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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…

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House Bill Would Halt Some Common Patent Troll Attacks

Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Judy Chu, D-Calif., introduced the Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents Act (STOP Act) H.R. 2766 Monday. The bipartisan bill is similar to the Patent Quality Improvement Act that Senator Schumer introduced in the Senate, and would expand the Covered Business Method review program at the Patent and Trademark Office. The Computer &…

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CCIA, Trade Associations Ask Congress For Patent Reform

CCIA joined dozens of trade associations from the American Bankers Association to the National Retail Federation to NCTA asking House and Senate leaders to pass comprehensive legislation aimed at patent trolls. In the letter Wednesday morning, those harmed by patent trolls told lawmakers that since 2005, the number of defendants targeted by patent trolls has…

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CCIA Applauds Legislation Targeting Patent Abuse

Reps. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., introduced a bipartisan bill in the House Wednesday afternoon to help mitigate the impact of lawsuits from patent trolls. The bill is H.R. 2639, The Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013. This bill is noteworthy as the first bill introduced in this Congress that specifically helps innocent purchasers who…

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CCIA Welcomes Senate Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds the Senate for approving S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.  This comprehensive immigration reform measure contains provisions that increase availability of green cards and H-1B visas, enabling U.S. technology companies to hire and keep the skilled foreign workers they need to ensure that…

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CCIA Praises WIPO Treaty On Access To Copyrighted Material For The Visually Impaired

World Intellectual Property Organization member states have agreed on treaty language that will mean millions of visually impaired people around the world can gain access to special-formatted books. The agreement after years of haggling over copyright issues came during a diplomatic conference in Morocco going on throughout the past two weeks. The Computer & Communications…

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