Travel Tech Commends Chairman Goodlatte on His Patent Litigation Reform Measure Introduced Today
America’s Leaders in Travel Technology Support Patent Litigation Reform
Washington, DC, October 23, 2013 – Steve Shur, President of The Travel Technology Association which represents the online travel industry, issued the following statement applauding Chairman Goodlatte and the bipartisan group of original co-sponsors for their leadership on much-needed patent litigation abuse reform legislation.
“This legislation is a positive step toward addressing the critically necessary reforms to eliminate harmful predatory legal tactics preferred by patent trolls. We must put an end to such practices so we can continue to grow our economy, create jobs and promote and facilitate travel. For online travel companies, defending these frivolous patent troll lawsuits is among their highest ongoing legal expenses.
“Travel is one of America’s largest industries. In 2012, it generated $2 trillion in economic output, and directly generated $129 billion in tax revenue for federal, state and local governments. The technology developed by Travel Tech’s members plays a significant role in the travel and tourism economy by providing the infrastructure upon which almost all travel is searched, compared and booked. Innovation is critical to the continued competitiveness of our nation as a travel leader around the world. Defending against frivolous patent claims and lawsuits inhibits our member companies’ ability to continue to innovate and drive travel and tourism in the US. Travel Tech and its members look forward to providing input on the bill and to working with Chairman Goodlatte and members of the Committee on these and other proposals to address these patent troll issues.”
About Travel Tech
Travel Tech: The Travel Technology Association, is the association for online travel companies (OTCs) and global distribution systems (GDSs), and is dedicated to connecting consumers and travel providers, eliminating barriers to travel and protecting consumers. Travel Tech’s members include: Amadeus, Sabre, Travelport, Expedia, Orbitz Worldwide, Priceline, Travelocity, and Vegas.com.