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Michael Makin To Testify Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Posted Monday, December 16, 2013 by Jules VanSant.


Dear Member:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17, will be a big day for our industry as I have been invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the issue of patent trolling. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., and will be broadcast live from the Senate Judiciary website. If you are interested in seeing the proceedings you can bookmark this page* and watch live on Tuesday.

Throughout the year, Printing Industries of America’s Government Affairs team and I have been lobbying Congress in support of legislation to combat patent troll activity. Curbing abusive patent litigation practices (aka “patent trolls”) that have targeted printing companies by an alarming rate this year is a key policy initiative for our organization. The future of print depends heavily on innovation and technology. Therefore, America’s printing and graphic communications industry applauds efforts on Capitol Hill to enact legislation that roots out the patent trolls. This will allow printers large and small the freedom to redefine print through the use of new technologies while doing what print has always done best: creating jobs. Printing Industries of America looks forward to engaging in conversation with the Senate Judiciary Committee on legislative options to address this problem.

This is a great opportunity to voice our industry’s views on public policy and to share concerns about the severe impact of patent trolling on our membership and our industry.

Let’s rally behind our industry to stop patent trolls!


Michael Makin, MBAPresident & CEOPrinting Industries of America

*The webcast requires Adobe Flash 10.1.0 or greater to play. The link will go live when the hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.


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We need your help to make the most effective case on behalf of the industry as possible. If your company has received a “demand letter” from a Patent Assertion Entity (i.e., patent troll), please complete the following questionnaire and email to our VP of Government Affairs, Lisbeth Lyons ( These real-life examples are key to making our case at next week’s hearing.

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PLEASE EMAIL YOUR RESPONSES TO GOVTAFFAIRS@PRINTING.ORG. Printing Industries of America is accepting examples thru Monday, 12/16, at 12:00 p.m.- See more at: