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TechVoice Applauds Actions on Trolls

February 23, 2014

TechVoice, the grass roots advocacy network partnership between CompTIA, TECNA and participating state technology councils, issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s executive actions on patent reform. The statement came from Elizabeth Hyman, vice president, public advocacy, CompTIA.

“The administration’s push to combat litigious patent trolls is a welcome step forward in protecting small and medium-sized businesses from abusive patent litigation. These executive orders come at the heels of our third annual 2014 TechVoice DC Fly-In last week organized by CompTIA and TECNA where more than 100 leaders from small and medium-sized technology companies, representing 26 states, gathered in the nation’s capital urging support of patent reform.

“Patent trolls are a significant problem for small businesses. The costs associated with abusive patent litigation are a considerable burden for small and medium-sized IT businesses trying to get on their feet and compete within a $3.2 trillion global industry.

“While the administration’s efforts to improve America’s patent system and protect honest innovators are appreciated, timely legislation is still needed. We will continue to work with Senate leaders and staff, particularly on the issue of demand letters sent by patent assertion entities (PAEs).”

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