WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechVoice, the grass roots advocacy network partnership between CompTIA, TECNA and participating state technology councils, today issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) introduced by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). The statement can be attributed to Elizabeth Hyman, vice president, public advocacy, CompTIA.
"Today's passage of The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) is a major step forward in protecting small and medium-sized businesses from abusive patent litigation. With important protections such as a customer suit exception, the bill will reduce the burdensome costs that typically accompany abusive patent litigation by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs).
"TechVoice, a partnership of CompTIA and the Technology Councils of North America, represent many small and medium-sized technology firms who should not have to endure long drawn out legal battles against baseless patent law suits. Their attention is better spent focusing on innovation and building a successful business.
"We appreciate the continued commitment from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and his colleagues on the committee to improving America's patent system and protecting honest innovators. Today's strong, bi-partisan vote in the House of Representatives clearly highlights the need to reform our patent laws to ensure small and medium-sized companies can continue to innovate and remain globally competitive. We will continue to work with Senate leaders and staff, particularly on the issue of demand letters sent by PAEs, as the bill now moves forward."
TechVoice is a partnership of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and participating regional technology associations. Collectively, TechVoice represents thousands of technology companies across the country employing millions of workers. TechVoice is dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the grassroots tech community to impact legislative and regulatory issues important to growth, innovation and job creation. For more information, visit www.techvoice.org and http://twitter.com/tech_voice.
CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit www.comptia.org, http://www.facebook.com/CompTIA and http://twitter.com/comptia.
The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents almost 50 IT and technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 16,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry.