Government Relations News
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.
The FTC has denied a request by ANA and eighteen other trade associations to extend the effective date of the revised Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule to January 1, 2014.
There are several online privacy bills pending in the California State Legislature that could have serious implications for all marketers.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has announced that he will introduce legislation to combat so-called “patent trolls,” or entities that purchase patents from inventors solely for the purpose of suing legitimate businesses creating or using products closely related to that covered by the patent.
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the progress of industry self-regulation of online behavioral advertising (OBA)
The Attorney General of Vermont, Bill Sorrell, plans to target and look for new ways to regulate food marketing to children.
The Republican leadership in the Ohio House released a revised budget bill yesterday that completely stripped out Governor John Kasich’s proposal to extend the sales tax to advertising and a broad range of other business services.
In a short speech yesterday to the Louisiana Legislature on the opening day of their 2013 session, Governor Bobby Jindal announced he was backing away from the tax reform proposal he had offered last month.
The FCC is asking for comment on the changes in its policy regarding indecency.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they would not seek Supreme Court review of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that invalidated its rulemaking on graphic warning labels for cigarette packaging and advertisements.
The Continuing Resolution passed last week by the Senate and House to fund the government through the end of September continues the prohibition on the FTC issuing a final Interagency Working Group (IWG) report until it performs a cost/benefit analysis.
The House Finance Committee in the Ohio Legislature yesterday concluded three days of hearings on Governor Kasich’s budget and sales tax plan.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal unveiled his tax reform proposal to members of the legislature yesterday. That plan calls for eliminating the income tax, increasing the sales tax rate from 4% to 5.88% and extending the sales tax to a number of business services, including advertising agency services.
Late last week, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR/4) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT/3) introduced legislation that would deal with so-called “patent trolls,” a growing problem for the advertising industry.
We have learned that the Ways and Means Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives will hold hearings this week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) on Governor John Kasich’s tax reform proposal which would impose the sales tax on advertising and a broad range of other business services.
ANA has written to Governor Mark Dayton and the members of the Taxes Committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives to express our opposition to any tax on advertising services.