Government Relations News
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
We have just been informed that the National Assembly of Ecuador passed a law with significant restrictions on advertising in the country.
On Wednesday, June 26th, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to ICANN Board of Directors Chairman Steve Crocker, urging ICANN to “fully consider and act upon the GAC safeguard advice.”
Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) of the Senate Finance Committee have released a “Dear Colleague” letter, asking for proposals for tax reform.
On Monday, Representative Susan Davis (D-CA, 53), along with Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, 9) introduced H.R. 2487, the Ensuring Shoppers Honest Online Pricing (E-SHOP) Act.
WHO Europe has released a report calling on policy makers to increase restrictions on the marketing of foods high in fat, salt, and sugar (“HFSS”) to children.
The Obama Administration today took major action to deal with the growing problem of patent trolls.
The issue of “patent trolling” continues to heat up in Congress.
The recent rejection by ICANN of a reconsideration request regarding trademark protections in the "Strawman" proposal is an important development in enhancing the trademark protections in the new top level domain (TLD) program.
ANA has written a letter to the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives Brendan Sharkey expressing our strong opposition to House Bills 6519 and 6527, both of which are currently pending before the Connecticut House of Representatives.