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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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