FTC Launches Antitrust Investigation Of Google

The announcement that the FTC is seeking additional information from Google confirms various news reports that it is initiating an antitrust investigation. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been the leading technology industry advocate for strong yet balanced competition policy since its founding nearly 40 years ago. Historic antitrust rulings against IBM and AT&T…

Supreme Court Gold Plates Low-Quality Patents

Today the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit’s protective view of low-quality patents in Microsoft v. i4i.  Despite the limited review at the Patent and Trademark Office, the Court affirmed that once granted, a patent can only be invalidated by “clear and convincing evidence,” a strong presumption of validity that is especially helpful for marginal…

CCIA Supports Digital Goods Tax Fairness Act

On May 23, the House Judiciary Committee’s Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee held a hearing on H.R. 1860, the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act.  The bill would establish a national framework for how state and local taxes apply to digital goods and digital services so as to prevent multiple and discriminatory taxation. …

Commission Publishes New IPR Strategy

The European Commission released a broad Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) strategy today, which defines outstanding initiatives in the areas of authors’ IPRs, trademarks, designs, and geographical indications. The preliminary Directive covering orphan works was introduced today. Other topics will be introduced in the second half of the year or next year. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

Keep the Innovation And What Really Creates It In Mind On World Intellectual Property Day

In 2000, the World Intellectual Property Organization designated today, April 26, as World Intellectual Property Day, as it is the date on which the 1970 WIPO Convention entering into force.  This date serves as an occasion to raise awareness about and celebrate intellectual property. Choosing the date of the establishment of an inter-governmental bureaucracy as the…

CCIA Welcomes Lungren-Lofgren Resolution Against Internet Tax Collection

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) applauds Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) and lead Democratic co-sponsor Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) for introducing the “Supporting the Preservation of Internet Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses” resolution (H.Res. 95), a bipartisan resolution opposing any Congressional legislation granting state governments authority to impose new burdensome or unfair tax collecting requirements on small…

Employers’ Important Role in Skilled Immigration

At a Brookings event Monday on high skilled immigration policy, Dr. Jeanne Batalova of the Migration Policy Institute presented her “Brain Waste” study on how many college-educated immigrants are working in unskilled jobs. The study also seemed to point to the importance of employers having a role in the selection of skilled immigrants. Dr. Batalova’s study showed that 21%…

Employers' Important Role in Skilled Immigration

At a Brookings event Monday on high skilled immigration policy, Dr. Jeanne Batalova of the Migration Policy Institute presented her “Brain Waste” study on how many college-educated immigrants are working in unskilled jobs. The study also seemed to point to the importance of employers having a role in the selection of skilled immigrants. Dr. Batalova’s study showed that 21%…