Topic: Dick O'Brien

Advertisers Give White House Meeting High Marks Participants say government wants to preserve data-driven economy

It's not often that advertisers walk out of a meeting with government officials and have good things to say about the experience. But that was the reaction from many of…

March 14, 2014, 9:42 AM EDT

Baucus' Reported Ambassador Nom Leaves Tax Reform in Limbo Marketers still worried about limiting ad-tax deduction in the House

With President Obama expected to nominate Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, tax reform and the proposal to limit the ad-tax deduction may have been…

December 19, 2013, 10:18 AM EST

Major Agency CEOs Come Out Against Ad Tax Deduction Limits Letter from 4A's board is a departure for group

For the first time, the 4A's board of directors, execs from the nation's largest advertising agencies, have gone on record opposing the Senate proposal to limit the advertising tax deduction. The…

December 11, 2013, 4:41 PM EST

Senate Bill to Curb Patent Troll Abuses Introduced House patent troll bill goes into markup on Wednesday

Don’t look now, but Congress may be about to agree on a policy matter. Just hours after House judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) set Wednesday for a markup of his bill…

November 18, 2013, 5:07 PM EST

Senate Panel Takes on Patent Troll Demand Letters Exploring government registry to improve transparency

The Senate's commerce committee jumped into the fight against patent trolls, holding a hearing on demand letters, the most reviled tactic used by patent assertion entities to extract license fees. Thursday’s…

November 7, 2013, 12:42 PM EST

Long-Awaited Bill to Curb Patent Troll Abuses Introduced With strong bipartisan support, prospects for passage look good

The much-anticipated bill to curb patent troll abuses is officially moving and moving fast—even after being sidelined by the government shutdown. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the judiciary committee,…

October 23, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

Will Advertising Take a Hit From the Shutdown? It all depends on how long the government stays closed

The longer the federal government shutdown drags on, the more likely that the advertising business will not only take a hit, but find itself in the crosshairs of corporate tax…

October 3, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

GAO Report on Patent Lawsuits Could Help Reform Efforts Number of defendants sued by 'trolls' tripled in four years

A new report from the Government Accountability Office on patent infringement lawsuits could give lawmakers the firepower they need to move reform legislation aimed at curbing abusive patent troll practices. The long-awaited…

August 22, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

Heads Up, Patent Trolls: Omnibus Reform Bill Is Moving Goodlatte could introduce it by next week

An omnibus bill addressing patent troll abuses is likely to be introduced next week, before the August congressional recess. That was the message delivered Thursday to a coalition of lobbyists…

July 25, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

50 Groups Coalesce to Fight Patent Trolls Victims of dubious patent claims aren't just usual suspects

To impress on Congress that those who stake patent claims, aka patent trolls, are using dubious practices to wreak havoc on nearly every business sector, a diverse group of 50…

July 17, 2013, 9:24 AM EDT