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TPA Legislative Report

By DONNIS BAGGETT Executive Vice President Texas Press Association The newspaper industry steamed successfully through the stormy seas of the 84th Texas Legislature, passing crucial First Amendment legislation and protecting public notices, public records and open meetings.

NNA: Congress Should Require the Postal Service to Report on the Quality of Rural Mail Service

WASHINGTON—The National Newspaper Association has again called for measurement of on-time delivery of rural mail. Appearing in a May 19 roundtable hosted by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, NNA Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel Tonda F. Rush said Congress should follow the maxim that “what gets measured gets done.” If the U.S. Postal Service is required to report on the quality of rural mail delivery, trouble spots of late mail service will be identified and can be addressed.

The PATENT Act: Why Patent Trolls Are a Problem for Newspapers

THE PATENT ACT: WHY PATENT TROLLS ARE A PROBLEM FOR NEWSPAPERS Patent trolls are patent holders who do not practice the patented invention, but rather seek to capitalize on the patent's value. A patent troll seeks out ambiguously worded patents being sold at auctions often by bankrupt companies attempting to liquidate their assets. They then demand payment of licensing fees or threaten infringement litigation. Due to the high costs associated with such abusive litigation, many companies chose to pay the troll to settle the suit.