Topic: National Retail Federation

Valentine's Day Spending Is Projected to Reach $18.9 Billion This Year

With $703 million going to the dogs (and cats and other pets)

This Valentine's Day you're probably planning to shower your loved ones with special trinkets to show your love: jewelry, candy, a special night out, maybe some milkbones. Wait a second.…

Why Black Friday Is Overrated (and Always Was)

The hot shopping day that's actually...meh

Travis Dent hopes Black Friday just dies, not least because it's already killed seven people. "The only thing 'doorbuster' deals has going for it is novelty," said Dent, a Web…

Patent Troll Bill Officially Stalled in Senate

'It got nibbled to death by a flock of ducks'

High hopes for a new law aimed at curbing patent troll abuses were all but dashed today when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the judiciary committee, said he was…

White House Pushes Forward on Combatting Patent Trolls

Calls on Congress to finish the job

Following up on the President's pledge to combat patent trolls, the White House plans to announce Thursday afternoon additional executive actions and call on Congress "to finish the job." Details of…

House Committee Votes to Advance Bill Aimed at Patent Trolls

Rep. Goodlatte calls 33-5 vote a 'pivotal step'

After a marathon markup session that lasted into the evening, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill targeting abusive patent troll practices. In a bipartisan 33-5 vote, the Innovation Act…

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…

Bill to Curb Patent Troll Abuses Taking Shape

Coalition: 'We're closer than we ever were'

Even as Congress battles over funding the government, new legislation to curb abusive patent troll practices is beginning to take shape. Members of the Big Tent Coalition representing a diverse…

Ad Campaign Asks Consumers to Tell Congress to Stop Patent Trolls

Print, radio ads

Congress may be out of town, but that doesn't mean it can hide from Beltway lobbyists. Giving lawmakers a little nudge to make sure they keep their promise to take…

Patent Troll Lobby to Descend on Congress Thursday

Coalition of 50 organizations pushes for comprehensive bill

The National Retail Federation, the 4As,, the Coalition for Patent Fairness and some of the more than 50 organizations of the Big Tent coalition fighting patent troll abuse will…

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…