PIA Applauds Passage of the Innovation Act of 2013
WASHINGTON, DC—December 5, 2013—The following statement has been issued by Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America, regarding passage of HR 3309, the Innovation Act, a bill that would combat abusive patent litigation, such as patent troll activity against printing companies:
“Today’s passage of the Innovation Act is a major first step in curbing the abusive patent litigation practices that have targeted printing companies by an alarming rate this year. The future of print depends heavily on innovation and technology. Therefore, America’s printing and graphic communications industry applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for demonstrating its strong support for rooting out the ‘patent trolls’ so that printers large and small have the freedom to redefine print through technology while doing what print has always done best: creating jobs. Today’s vote is also a good day for bipartisanship in the nation’s capital. Printing Industries of America looks forward to continuing to support bipartisan legislative efforts to address patent litigation reform as the effort now moves to the Senate.”
For more information about Printing Industries of America’s Government Affairs Department and presence on Capitol Hill, please visit www.printing.org/govaffairs.
About Printing Industries of America
Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with more than one million employees. It serves the interests of more than 10,000 member companies. Together with its nationwide affiliate network, Printing Industries delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the graphic communications industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.