24 May

The Internet Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C. , describes itself as theunified voice of the online economy representing the interests of the leading Internet companies including Airbnb,, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace,, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga” further citing their association is “dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect Internet freedom, foster innovation and economic development, and empower users.”  

The Internet Association President CEO Michael Beckerman released the Association’s response to Senator Cornyn’s introduction of the Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 (S.1013) 

Beckerman wrote “The Internet Association applauds Senator Cornyn’s introduction of the Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013.  Internet companies are targeted daily by patent assertion entities far more interested in exploiting litigation costs than in promoting innovation. Senator Cornyn’s bill appreciates the need to reform a system made unacceptably inefficient by vague accusations of patent infringement, imbalanced and excessive litigation costs, and a lack of even basic transparency.  With thoughtful proposals on pleading requirements, joinder, and other issues, the bill makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion about how best to put an end to abusive patent litigation practices and to promote, rather than burden, real innovation in today’s Internet economy.”


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