The following statement can be attributed to Michael Petricone, senior
vice president of Government and Legal Affairs at the Consumer
Electronics Association® regarding the nomination of the next executive
director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:
"We are concerned, and frankly puzzled, by the potential nomination of
Philip Johnson as executive director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark
"Mr. Johnson took a leading role in stalling patent reform efforts
earlier this year in the U.S. Senate, and worked diligently to weaken or
kill a variety of White House initiatives to stop patent trolls. It
seems absurd that a strong opponent of attempts to reduce frivolous
litigation should be asked to implement the Obama administration's
initiatives to fix our broken patent system.
"We urge the White House to go back to the drawing board and find a
qualified candidate who shares the President's stated goal of improving
our patent system by reducing litigation abuse."
For a running tally of what patent trolls have cost the U.S. economy
since the House passed the Innovation Act in December, click here
to view the "Troll Toll."
Legitimate businesses are victimized by patent trolls every day in our
country. Click here
to see how frivolous patent lawsuits are stifling American innovation.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade
association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics
industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA
membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical
training and education, industry promotion, standards development and
the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and
produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All
profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA
online at www.CE.org,
and through social media: http://www.ce.org/social
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