Washington, DC — American Gaming Association (AGA) Vice President of Government Relations Whit Askew released the following statement after Senate Judiciary Committee leaders introduced important bipartisan patent reform legislation:
“We appreciate Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Leahy and Senators Cornyn, Schumer, Hatch, Lee and Klobuchar for their bipartisan efforts to restore fairness to the patent litigation system and protect America’s employers and innovators. Gaming is an innovative, $240 billion industry that supports 1.7 million U.S. jobs. Today’s introduction of the PATENT Act is an important next step toward eliminating abusive, frivolous and costly behavior that hinders innovation, job creation and economic growth in gaming and other main street industries. AGAlooks forward to continuing its partnership with the wide range of coalition partners and congressional leaders to enact meaningful legislation that will once-and-for-all curb deceptive, predatory practices asserted by patent trolls.”
About AGA: The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.