CCIA Thanks Senators For Patent Reform Legislation

For too long problems with our patent system have been slowing innovation and costing companies millions of dollars a year in legal costs from companies whose main product is lawsuits. This week the Computer & Communications Industry Association has sent letters thanking two senators for their patent reform initiatives. CCIA applauded Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, for his…

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Immigration Reform

A measure to improve access to highly skilled workers cleared a major hurdle as the Senate Judiciary Committee passed its immigration reform legislation Tuesday evening. Shortly before the overall vote, Senator Hatch offered an amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act that would benefit highly skilled workers. The Computer & Communications Industry…

Testimony On Future Of Video At Senate Hearing

Senate Commerce subcommittee chairman Mark Pryor opened his hearing on the Future of Video Tuesday saying Congress wants to update laws so that people can get the content they want and that it’s affordable.  The conversation quickly turned to a la carte channel pricing and sports team broadcasting and the frustration of fans and satellite and cable…

CCIA Applauds Schumer’s Patent Troll Proposal

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, has announced a proposal that would require the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to review lawsuits brought by patent trolls before they head to court. Schumer said today that he would formally introduce legislation aimed at patent trolls next week. The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes Schumer’s proposal to expand…

Agenda Item for the new FCC: Robust Wireless Competition

Competition is a critical ingredient for functioning markets. Without it, we have market power, higher prices and market failure.  With it, we have new offers for smartphones without contracts or penalties for consumers, WiFi calling for businesses and more. When asked recently in a public forum, why mobile phone coverage and services are so poor in…

CCIA Appreciates NAS Copyright Study

The National Academy of Sciences has released advanced copies of its long awaited study, “Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy.” The study provides a roadmap of how copyright laws have changed as distribution of content moves online. The multi-year study began well before policy missteps like SOPA that would have given the entertainment…

Government Support for Fighting Patent Trolls Grows

Lawmakers have been speaking out about the patent troll epidemic in recent weeks and now it looks like they’re ready to do something about it. Yesterday Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he is introducing a bill to expand the covered business methods program established by the 2011 America Invents Act, so that broad, abstract patents can…