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Statement from the Developers Alliance Joseph Simons’ and Rohit Chopra’s FTC Nomination

Contact: Chris Grimm -- cgrimm@appdevelopersalliance.org

Washington, DC -- Developers Alliance President and CEO Bruce Gustafson released the following statement regarding Joseph Simons’ and Rohit Chopra’s nomination to the Federal Trade Commission.
 
"The Developers Alliance congratulates Joseph Simons on his nomination to head the Federal Trade Commission and encourage Congress to move swiftly to confirm the nomination, as well as the nomination of Rohit Chopra to the Commission."
 
“The FTC's work in protecting consumers from identity theft, fraud, and other online crimes is critical in promoting trust in the digital economy. Their work in promoting competitive markets while safeguarding innovation is no less important to developers, and the Alliance is pleased to see a nominee with a strong record of balanced enforcement. What makes the FTC so effective is the unwavering focus on consumer welfare that drives their mission, coupled with a pragmatic approach rooted in the real-world.”

“As an industry veteran with a deep knowledge of the technology market, Simons is universally respected by his peers. He has made significant contributions to both the theory and practice of oversight in competitive markets, and his experience both inside the FTC and in private practice has prepared him well to lead the Commission. Combined with Rohit Chopra’s long history of protecting consumers, the FTC will be well positioned to ensure the fairness and competition that developers rely on."

“Lastly, we encourage President Trump to formally nominate Noah Phillips to fill the final opening on the Commission soon to ensure the Commission to continue with its invaluable mission.”  

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The Developers Alliance is the world’s leading advocate for software developers and the companies invested in their success. Alliance members include industry leaders in consumer, enterprise, industrial, and emerging software development, and a global network of more than 70,000 developers.

Statement from the Developers Alliance on the House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Hearing on the TC Heartland Decision

Contact: Chris Grimm – cgrimm@appdevelopersalliance.org

Statement from the Developers Alliance on the House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Hearing on the TC Heartland Decision

Washington, D.C.  – Below is a statement from the Developers Alliance Senior Advisor Bruce Gustafson regarding the House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet hearing on the Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision. 

"No one feels the impact of patent trolls more than the small companies that are the heart of US innovation. With limited resources and narrow market windows, the start-ups in the developer community are particularly vulnerable to the extortion of trolls wielding dubious patents in a legal system with a cost of entry beyond a small firm's means. Start-ups are shuttered, jobs are lost, and dreams die over and over, despite the fact that everyone agrees the claims these trolls make are unsupportable.

While we welcome the latest venue guidance handed down by the Supreme Court, it remains to be seen how much this change will improve things for our developer members. The cost of defending a dubious claim, and the ease with which these claims can be made, still creates incentives for shakedown settlements. On behalf of developers and entrepreneurs across the country, we ask Congress to closely monitor the impact of this ruling and to continue to work on relieving the burden of nuisance litigation on small innovators.”

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The Developers Alliance is the world’s leading advocate for software developers and the companies invested in their success. Alliance members include industry leaders in consumer, enterprise, industrial, and emerging software development, and a global network of more than 70,000 developers.