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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy Introduces Bipartisan Patent Troll Legislation

On Monday, November 18th, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), introduced the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013.

“Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013” Introduced in Congress

Two powerful members of Congress have introduced legislation that would impose new restrictions on the collection of personal information from teenagers in the online environment.

Senator Rockefeller Introduces the Consumer Choice in Online Video Act

On November 12th, Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) of the Senate Commerce Committee introduced S.1680, the Consumer Choice in Online Video Act.

Terrell McSweeny Nomination Advanced to Full Senate

On Tuesday, November 12th, the Senate Commerce Committee advanced the nomination of FTC Nominee Terrell McSweeny to the full Senate.

Ad Tax Deduction Under Major Threat in Draft Tax Reform Bill

The tax deduction for advertising expenses is under serious threat in the United States Congress.

Senate Commerce Committee Holds Productive Hearing on Patent Troll Demand Letters

This morning, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance held a hearing on demand letters sent by patent trolls.

ANA Calls for “Patent Troll” Demand Letters to Be Legislatively Addressed

ANA, along with 20 other trade associations representing a wide swath of industries, has sent a letter to members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees asking them to address demand letters as a part of their legislative efforts to curb patent trolling.

ICANN to Host Two Webinars This Week on RPMs and Auctions for New Top Level Domains

ICANN will host two webinars this week on new Top Level Domains.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Releases Anti-Patent Troll Bill

The legislative attack on patent trolls continued today, as Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced an anti-patent troll bill, the Patent Litigation Integrity Act.

Chairman Bob Goodlatte Introduces New Anti-Patent Trolling Bill

Last Wednesday, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced his long awaited bipartisan bill, the Innovation Act, designed to curb the growing threat from patent assertion entities (PAEs), also called patent trolls.

Congressional Judiciary Committees’ Republican Members Call for Clarification of FTC Section 5 Authority

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with a number of other Republican members of both committees sent a letter to FTC Chairman Edith Ramirez on Wednesday, October 23rd in regard to Section 5 of the FTC Act.

Ad Tax Threat Growing in House Ways & Means Committee

We have learned that there is a strong likelihood that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) will include some restriction on advertising deductibility in his initial draft of a tax reform bill.

ANA Files Reply Comments on ICANN's Proposal to Mitigate Name Collision Risks

On September 16, ANA filed reply comments in regard to ICANN’s recent Proposal to Mitigate Name Collision Risks, reiterating our call for ICANN to extend the time period for analysis of this potential problem.

ANA Files Comments with ICANN on Domain Name Clash Issue

ANA has filed comments with ICANN asking for more time for our member companies to evaluate the risks posed by clashes between new gTLDs and internal corporate domains.

DAA Releases Guidelines for Self-Regulatory Principles in Mobile Media

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), of which ANA is a founding member, released guidelines today for expanding its self-regulatory program of consumer choice to the mobile environment.

Another Patent Troll Bill Introduced

On July 22, 2013, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA, 49) and Representative Judy Chu (D-CA, 27) introduced the “Stopping Offensive Use of Patents Act,” H.R. 2766.

ANA Signs Letter to Congressional Leadership Encouraging Patent Reform

On Wednesday, July 17th, ANA, along with more than 50 other organizations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging reform of the patent system to combat the growing problem of many patent assertion entities, also called “patent trolls.”

New Patent Troll Legislation Introduced

Following on the heels of a number of other bills, a pending inquiry by the FTC, and an Executive Order from the President, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY, 8) and Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX, 27) introduced H.R. 2639, the “Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013,” last week.

Bar on FTC Issuing Final IWG Report Continued

Chairman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL, 4) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Financial Services and General Government has included language in his draft appropriations bill that will continue to block the FTC from releasing a final Interagency Working Group (IWG) report until the FTC complies with Executive Order 13563.

National Assembly of Ecuador Adopts Extensive Restrictions on Advertising

We have just been informed that the National Assembly of Ecuador passed a law with significant restrictions on advertising in the country.

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Legislative and Regulatory Issues Tracking

ANA's Washington, DC office works to protect the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers.   The scope of legislation, regulations, and court cases impacting the marketing community continues to be extremely broad, extending to issues as diverse as online privacy, prescription drug advertising, restrictions on the tax deductibility of advertising costs and the regulatory powers of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Compendium of Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Issues

ANA's Washington, DC office plays a leading role in protecting the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers. At the end of each year, we prepare a Compendium which describes our efforts on the broad range of issues we have faced. 

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Alliance for Family Entertainment

The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) is a coalition of national advertisers, supported by the ANA, which represents almost 40% of all U.S. television advertising dollars..

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SAG/AFTRA

ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) conduct broadcast talent negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) through the Joint Policy Committee, or JPC.

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