Travel Leaders Hail Passage of the “Patent Troll” Bill

Published on : Saturday, December 7, 2013

ASTAThe following statement was jointly issued by Roger Dow, president and CEO, U.S. Travel Association; Steve Shur, president, Travel Technology Association; and Zane Kerby, president and CEO, American Society of Travel Agents, in response to House passage of the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309):

“We are grateful to lawmakers of both parties for helping to curtail flagrant abuse of the legal system by a few unscrupulous individuals out to make a quick buck at the expense of entrepreneurs and consumers. Baseless, nuisance lawsuits have for too long been an unnecessary cost of doing business, and ultimately have only hindered our industry’s ability to create jobs and pass value on to the customers we are proud to serve.

“Travel-related spending accounts for one out of every eight American jobs, and travel has out-grown almost every other economic sector since the recession. We are excited to see how we can build on our record of job creation in the wake of today’s vote, which provides welcome relief from a predatory practice that has been a drag on the economic recovery.”

Source:- ASTA

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