Items tagged "ITC"

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Sonos Needs Regulatory Protections For Competitive Concerns, Not a Blockade of Consumer Products

January 23, 2020 Competition , Competition Policy , ITC , Platform Competition , Sonos

Yesterday, Public Knowledge and the R Street Institute filed a comment at the International Trade Commission, arguing that it should deny Sonos’s request that categories of consumer products be blocked from import. On the merits, Public Knowledge finds Sonos’s ITC request runs contrary to the public interest. However, this is not an indictment against Sonos’s legitimate competition concerns. These competitive concerns demand resolution if consumers are to benefit from real, interoperable choices in the growing Internet of Things marketplace.

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Public Knowledge Asks International Trade Commission to Protect Competition

November 8, 2018 Apple , Competition , ITC , Qualcomm

Today, Public Knowledge and the Open Markets Institute sent a letter to the International Trade Commission supporting a recent administrative law judge’s decision that Qualcomm’s requested relief of banning certain models of Apple’s iPhone from the U.S. market would harm the public interest, by reducing competition in the premium baseband market.

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Public Knowledge Applauds International Trade Commission Patent Reform Bill

March 22, 2016 ITC , Patent Reform , Patent Trolls , Patents

Today, Representatives Tony Cárdenas and Blake Farenthold reintroduced the “Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act.” The bill is a targeted patent reform measure dealing specifically with the International Trade Commission, a federal agency tasked with excluding from importation products that infringe U.S. patents or copyrights. The bill strengthens the ITC’s duty to protect the public interest, and prevents abusive litigation by patent assertion entities before the ITC.

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Protect the Open Internet from Incursion by Trade Agency, Advocates Tell Administration

October 16, 2015 ITC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Patents

Today, Public Knowledge and 11 other organizations submitted comments to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Danny Marti, urging the Obama Administration’s chief intellectual property official to protect the Open Internet from a federal trade agency’s overreaching attempts to block data transmissions. Signatories include R Street Institute, EFF, The Harry Potter Alliance, Engine Advocacy and others representing a broad spectrum of consumer, business and public interests.

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Public Knowledge Joins Letter Opposing Internet Content Blocking by International Trade Commission

April 10, 2015 Copyright Reform , ITC , MPAA , Patent Reform , SOPA

Today, Public Knowledge and 27 other organizations, associations, and legal scholars sent a letter to the International Trade Commission opposing a recent decision that the Commission has authority to block Internet data transmissions. That decision concluded that the ITC’s authority to block the importation of copyright-and patent-infringing products extends to an ability to block Internet data transmissions into the United States.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Incursion of Trade Agency on Open Internet

October 16, 2014 ITC , Patent Reform

Today, Public Knowledge filed a brief in a federal appeals case, on the question of whether internet data transmissions are “articles of importation” subject to the authority of an international trade agency of the United States.

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Resurrecting SOPA: How the MPAA Could Use the International Trade Court to Block Websites

April 14, 2015 Copyright Reform , ITC , Open Internet , Patent Reform , SOPA

One lesson from our victory in net neutrality bears repeating. Although strong protections for an Open Internet are a great step forward for the public, there are other ways for companies and organizations to block websites. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is the latest creative example of an organization working to restrict Internet users behind closed doors. And the best part is that the whole thing revolves around a patent case about teeth.

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MPAA Says, “BLOCK ALL THE THINGS!”

December 17, 2014 Censorship , DNS , ITC , MPAA , SOPA

Several outlets are reporting that the MPAA’s policy efforts have, over the past years, continued, post-SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act), to focus on different theories of site blocking. With Congress wary of passing new legislation that could lead to private online censorship, the movie industry is apparently shopping around for other forums in which to press its site-blocking agenda.

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