Arlington, VA – 04/16/2013 – As forty members of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®
are heading to Capitol Hill today to meet with more than two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives and their congressional staff tomorrow to relay CEA’s 2013 innovation policy agenda, they will be equipped with more than talking points. And this year, CEA and its grassroots Innovation Movement
will use two new mobile tools to complement its in-person Hill meetings in support of strategic immigration reform and patent litigation reform.
CEA is bringing representatives from its Board of Industry Leaders and new startup member companies to meetings with members of Congress and congressional staff. These tech executives will provide insight into the issues most important to sustaining America’s innovation economy, namely strategic immigration reform, patent litigation reform, free trade and ENERGY STAR reform.
“When it comes to innovation policy, it’s critical that Congress hears from all of its constituents – from large companies to startups – as they are aligned on issues of importance to the U.S. business community,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “This week we are shining a light on the issues most important to our innovation economy – strategic immigration reform and stopping patent litigation abuse. If Congress listens to the priorities of CEA members and enacts sensible, pro-innovation policies, they will help our industry create countless American jobs, foster economic growth, bring exciting new technologies to consumers and advance our nation’s competitiveness.”
Strategic Immigration Reform: ‘I Am Innovation’ App and Phone2Action
CEA members will be pushing for common-sense immigration policies on the Hill to ensure the best and the brightest stay in America. During the meetings, CEA members will be showcasing strategic immigration stories from congressional constituents utilizing the Innovation Movement’s “I Am Innovation”
app on smartphones and tablets. CEA created the app to provide a forum for these personal stories
of innovation in America.
To complement the Hill meetings, CEA’s 200,000-plus Innovation Movement members will have the chance to support immigration reform using a text-based activation system devised by one of CEA’s new startup member companies, Phone2Action
, the founders
of which will be on the Hill with CEA in person on Wednesday. Innovation Movement members will be asked to contact their representatives in Congress in support of the Startup Act 3.0
, an immigration bill introduced by one of CEA’s 2013 Digital Patriot
honorees, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS). According to a recent white paper
released by the Kauffman Foundation, if passed, the Startup Act 3.0 could create up to 1.6 million American jobs in the next decade. Through the Phone2Action system, individuals across the country can use their smartphones to text the word “JOBS” to “52886.” They will then receive a text response back with a direct link to their own members of Congress. Phone2Action also provides a Web-based form
for use by those without smartphones.
Patent Litigation Reform: Phone2Action
Real companies, including many CEA member companies, face increasing demands from lawyers for patent trolls. These trolls, called Patent Assertion Entities (PAE), are legal extortionists, sapping time and money from American companies. Their lawsuits have doubled in the last two years and now account for most U.S. patent lawsuits. CEA members on the Hill will be advocating for passage of H.R. 845, Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act, which would take a reasonable first step and require trolls, if they lose in court, to pay the legal fees of the company they sued. CEA will also be placing an ad
and Roll Call
on this issue today.
, CEA’s Innovation Movement will be calling on others across the country to use their smartphones to text the word “TROLLS” to “52886” to receive a direct link to contact their members of Congress about the SHIELD Act. Phone2Action also provides a Web-based form
for use by those without a smartphone.
Following the lobby day, CEA’s annual Digital Patriots Dinner
will honor Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS); Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and DISH President and CEO Joseph P. Clayton. As models of CEA’s innovation policy agenda, honorees are chosen because they understand that American ingenuity drives our economy and improves our lives, and they are dedicated to ensuring that the U.S. remains the world’s technology leader. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) also will be honored with CEA’s new Innovation Policy Ninja Award, which recognizes a policymaker who is forward thinking and advances public policies that will spur innovation for decades to come.