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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.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller Urges ICANN to Act Upon GAC Advice

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.”

Senators Baucus and Hatch Call for Input on Tax Reform

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.

New Bill Would Require Disclosure By Companies for the Use of Personal Information in Pricing

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 Calls For Marketing Restrictions on Foods High in Fat, Salt, and Sugar to Children

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.

White House Takes Steps to Combat Patent Trolls

The Obama Administration today took major action to deal with the growing problem of patent trolls.

ANA Joins Letter to California Assembly on Online Privacy Bill

ANA, along with the IAB and the 4A’s, have sent a letter to the California Assembly in opposition to AB 370, a bill that would require website operators to disclose in their privacy policy whether or not they comply with a browser’s signal (or other similar mechanism) to disable “online tracking.”

More Patent Trolling Legislation Introduced

The issue of “patent trolling” continues to heat up in Congress.

ICANN Rejects Reconsideration Request Regarding “Strawman”

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 Opposes Food Labeling and Advertising Restrictions in Connecticut

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.

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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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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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