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November 7, 2013
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Senate Hearing on Deceptive Patent Practices

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation's planned hearing on "Demand Letters and Consumer Protection: Examining Deceptive Practices by Patent Assertion Entities," the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

"NAB applauds Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Thune, and the leaders of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, Senators McCaskill and Heller, for their examination of the patent troll issue and the resulting frivolous patent litigation that harms our industry. Broadcasters stand ready to work with the Committee and other Congressional leaders to ensure a patent system that promotes business innovation."

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