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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. This bill contains a number of mechanisms to undermine the schemes by which patent trolls operate, including: heightened pleading standards in complaints, transparency about those with financial interests in the patent, cost-shifting mechanisms that can allow a court to mandate that the loser pays both side’s litigation fees, stays of patent suits involving end users until suits against manufacturers have been resolved, and expanded post-grant review authority of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Chairman Goodlatte will convene a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 10 AM to discuss the Innovation Act. Additionally, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed his support of Chairman Goodlatte’s bill and has said he will continue to work on the issue in the Senate. More information about this issue is available in a recent blog post on our Regulatory Rumblings blog.

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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