|By Business Wire||
|December 3, 2013 04:02 PM EST||
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today that it is adding this week’s Innovation Act vote to its Technology Legislation Scorecard. The CEA scorecard assesses every member of Congress on whether they support innovation.
According to CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro, “The Innovation Act is the biggest technology vote on the House of Representatives floor this year. Patent trolls have been running a legalized extortion racket shaking down American businesses for everything from using features on their copiers to running wireless networks in their offices. The costs of hiring lawyers, devoting top executive and engineering time and paying settlements is verging on catastrophic levels. The current system simply supports lawyers who don’t produce anything but instead draft off of U.S. businesses that employ Americans, provide essential products and services and are innovating and supporting our economy. Bipartisan leadership on both sides, including President Obama, have announced their support for ending this extortion racket. The House Innovation Act is an excellent and important way of reducing frivolous litigation as well as the enormous cost of dealing with the threat of litigation.
“This is not just a tech industry problem – it extends across the U.S. economy, impacting restaurants, hotels, coffee shop owners and new startup businesses that hold the promise of delivering novel new solutions, services and products for consumers. Of course, the primary victims are small businesses who do not have the resources to fight in court.
“The Innovation Act contains smart, common-sense solutions that will make life more difficult for those who abuse our patent system, and easier for legitimate innovators. It is a bipartisan bill supported by Republican and Democratic leaders and the White House. A vote for the Innovation Act is a vote for our economic leadership. I urge every member of Congress to vote for the Innovation Act.”
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $203 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media: http://www.ce.org/social.
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