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CEA says Senate Delays on Patent Reform Cost the Country Billions

Arlington, VA – May 8, 2014 – 
The following statement can be attributed to Michael Petricone, senior vice president of government affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the latest delay in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup of the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013:
“The latest postponement means another blow to American innovation and job creation. With each delay, more and more innovators are forced to choose between developing breakthrough technologies and dealing with patent trolls’ extortionist lawsuits. Every week the committee waits to take action, patent trolls siphon off another $1.5 billion from the U.S. economy.
“The trolls are scared, and they’re pulling out all the stops to derail this bill. Meanwhile, they have filed hundreds of lawsuits over the last few weeks, because they know their legalized extortion racket may be coming to an end.”

“The House overwhelmingly supported patent reform legislation, and the president is also ready to act. It is time for the Senate to do the right thing: ignore the pleas of trial lawyers, universities and others who routinely profit from patent abuse, and pass strong, common-sense reforms to protect American innovators and entrepreneurs.”
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