Washington, D.C., February 21, 2014 – TechVoice, the grass roots advocacy network partnership between CompTIA, TECNA and participating state technology councils, today issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration's executive actions on patent reform. The statement can be attributed to 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).”
About TechVoice 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 .
About CompTIA 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 educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. Visit http://www.comptia.org/home.aspx, and to learn more.
About TECNA 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.