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CEA Commends U.S. Senate for Tackling Patent Reform

Arlington, VA – March 19, 2015 – 

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding today’s Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing, and yesterday's Senate Judiciary hearing on the impact of abusive patent litigation practices have on American businesses:
“Since December of 2013 – the last time Congress acted on patent reform legislation – patent trolls have bled over $100 billion from the U.S. economy. And with each week that passes, trolls send more demand letters to small businesses and startups, and drain another $1.5 billion from our economy. The immense amount of money spent fighting bogus patent lawsuits amounts to a massive tax for over 80% of victims who are startups or small and medium businesses. Blatant patent extortion needs to be stopped.”



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