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CEA Praises White House Decision to Bypass Johnson as PTO Nominee

The following statement can be attributed to Michael Petricone, senior vice president of government affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® regarding the nomination of the next executive director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

“We commend President Obama for his decision not to appoint an opponent of patent reform as the head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Indeed, stopping frivolous patent litigation has long been a key priority for the administration, as highlighted in the president’s State of the Union address. We urge the president to find a highly qualified candidate who will advance the president’s reform agenda and curb the patent troll racket that is targeting our most innovative businesses, harming our economy and killing U.S. jobs.”

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About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media: http://www.ce.org/social


  • CEA Innovate!
    Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2014, Phoenix, AZ
  • CES Unveiled Paris
    October 22, 2014, Paris, France
  • CE Hall of Fame Dinner
    November 10, 2014, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled New York
    November 11, 2014, New York, NY
  • CES Unveiled Las Vegas
    January 4, 2015, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2015 International CES
    January 6-9, 2015, Las Vegas, NV

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