Statement from the Developers Alliance on the FCC's Set-top Box Proposal

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Contact: Chris Grimm -- cgrimm@appdevelopersalliance.org

 

Statement from the Developers Alliance on the FCC’s Set-top Box Proposal

Washington, D.C. -- Developers Alliance President and CEO Jake Ward released the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s latest set-top box proposal.

“Developers are and will continue to create new and innovative ways to deliver content to their users, and the continued growth of every developer driven market should be evidence enough  that competition has never been greater. The FCC should focus on collaborative solutions developed together by all stakeholders, including competitors, pay-TV providers, and the content industry -- rather than a purely regulatory intervention -- to enable competition and innovation in how consumers consume video programming.

“Policymakers, whether at the FCC or elsewhere, should make it a priority to engage with developers before implementing rules and regulations that could damage the products and services they create.”

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The Developers Alliance is the world’s leading advocate for software developers and the companies invested in their success. Alliance members include industry leaders in consumer, enterprise, industrial, and emerging software development, and a global network of more than 75,000 developers.

Statement from the Developers Alliance on Needed Changes to the U.S. Patent System

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Contact: Chris Grimm - cgrimm@appdevelopersalliance.org

 

Statement from the Developers Alliance on Needed Changes to the U.S. Patent System

Washington, D.C. -- The following statement from Developers Alliance President and CEO Jake Ward was released ahead of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office oversight hearing in the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on September 13.

“The hearing is an important step to ensure the developers who are on the front-lines of innovation and job creation have every tool at their disposal to defend themselves from patent trolls.

“While the PTO’s Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative has been a great initial step to curb abusive trolls, the recent findings of the Government Accountability Office at the behest of the House Judiciary Committee, indicate that the PTO can and should do more to ensure only valid patents are approved. Until patent examiners are appropriately incentivized to focus on the quality of patents they are reviewing over just the quantity, supervisors are empowered to scrutinize their examiners’ work, and there is a clear definition of patent quality, trolls will continue to feed off of overly broad patents that shouldn’t have been approved yet fuel abusive litigation against developers.  

“While reforms are still needed on issues like forum shopping, demand letters, and fee shifting, long lasting and fundamental commitments at  PTO to ensure patents are of the utmost quality will help ensure innovation and economic growth isn’t stunted by the threat of patent trolls.  

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The Developers Alliance is the world’s leading advocate for software developers and the companies invested in their success. Alliance members include industry leaders in consumer, enterprise, industrial, and emerging software development, and a global network of more than 75,000 developers.

 

Statement from the Application Developers Alliance on the Federal Communications Commission’s Proposed Privacy Regulations

Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2016) - The following statement from the Application Developers Alliance President and CEO Jake Ward was released ahead of tomorrow’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hearings in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

Application Developers Alliance Criticizes European Commission’s Statement of Objections Targeting the Android Operating System

“Google and its Android ecosystem have been and continue to be good for mobile app developers and publishers. Android is the foundation by which small businesses reach customers, hardware manufacturers build extraordinary low-cost products, and users know that their devices and apps will work as intended.  Android is the best, most egalitarian driver of the mobile device and applications market.

Application Developers Alliance Criticizes Federal Communication Commission’s New Privacy Guidelines on Internet Service Providers

Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2016) – The below is a statement from Application Developers Alliance President and CEO Jake Ward in response to the Federal Communication Commission’s party-line vote to formally consider rules to impose strict privacy guidelines on internet service providers (ISPs).

Application Developers Alliance and Leaders in Innovation, Digital Infrastructure and Software Development Launch Developer Workforce Initiative

Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2016) – Software developers have become an essential workforce, building the tools, programs, and platforms transforming modern life. The Application Developers Alliance and a group of industry-leading companies have announced a global effort to increase the size, expertise, and understanding of that workforce. The Developer Workforce Initiative is a first-of-its-kind campaign to engage, educate, and support the world’s software developers everywhere, across all platforms, technologies, and industries.

Statement from the Application Developers Alliance Regarding the U.S. District Court Magistrate's Order that Apple Provide Law Enforcement Special Access to Suspect's iPhone

Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2016) – The below is a statement from Application Developers Alliance President and CEO Jake Ward in response to Federal District Court Judge Sheri Pym’s order that Apple provide the F.B.I. with access to Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone.