On Tuesday, December 17, Printing Industries of America President and CEO, Michael Makin, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the topic of “Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse.”
To read the full statement given by Makin, click here.
Makin spoke on behalf of printers who have been threatened with abusive patent litigation for using software products that allow for CTP, Web-to-print, and QR code technologies, among others. This testimony was broadcast live from the Senate Judiciary website.
The hearing was chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who noted his fondness for the printing industry and his family’s background as former owners of Leahy Press. In total, 15 Senators (9 Democrats and 5 Republicans) were present at Makin’s testimony and all participated in a Q&A to learn more about the issues that the printing industry has faced at the hands of patent trolls.
This was a great opportunity to voice our industry’s views on public policy and to share concerns about the severe impact of patent trolling on our membership and our industry, and Makin was honored to represent the printing industry in our nation’s capital.
Please join Makin and Printing Industries of America in urging the Senate to take legislative action on this issue. Please contact your U.S. Senators today to deliver this message. Also, be sure to voice your opinion on Twitter to #StopPatentTrolls.
It’s time to rally behind our industry to end patent troll abuses today!
For a look at the Patents Infringement Actions in the Printing Industry chart, click here.
Printing Industries of America Affiliates
Printing Industries of America would like to thank the local affiliates for their support. A letter of support was written by Printing Industries of America’s local affiliates to Senators Patrick Leahy and Charles Grassley (R-IA) addressing the harsh realities the printing industry has faced in the name of patent trolls. Read the letter here.
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