Tech giants reveal their agenda

Tech giants reveal their agenda

Summary: The CEOs of the largest US tech companies this week lobbied the government for protection against patent infringement lawsuits, and for support of several key policies.Technet, the organization representing the chief executives of the largest US tech companies, unveiled its "2008 Innovation Policy Agenda" at an event in Washington, D.

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The CEOs of the largest US tech companies this week lobbied the government for protection against patent infringement lawsuits, and for support of several key policies.

Technet, the organization representing the chief executives of the largest US tech companies, unveiled its "2008 Innovation Policy Agenda" at an event in Washington, D.C.

These are its top concerns, presented, presumably in order of importance:

Green Technologies Initiative: Promote and highlight new technologies and innovation as a critical part of the solution to national security, economic competitiveness and global energy and environmental challenges and encourage a national commitment for investment in and adoption of innovative green technologies. In addition, encourage public policies, best practices and initiatives to spur the development and adoption of new technologies to enhance energy efficiency, encourage use of renewable energy and protect the environment.

Education and 21st Century Workforce: Develop initiatives to improve science and math education, and increase the number of Americans attaining degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through new programs and resources that strengthen our public schools.

Immigration Reform: Promote comprehensive highly skilled immigration reform including an increase in the H-1B visa cap and reforms to the employment-based green card process to ensure the U.S. has a highly skilled workforce. Basic Research: Support strong national investments in research and development through increased federal funding for basic research and a permanent R&D tax credit. Patent Litigation Reform: Advance proposals with the goal of ending abusive lawsuits brought by plaintiffs using patents as a means of obtaining settlements from legitimate technology businesses. Trade and Public Diplomacy: Work closely with national policymakers to enact trade agreements that strengthen our companies through expanded market access overseas. Our members increasingly rely on international markets for growth and we will work to support legislative efforts to enter those markets as well as agreements that guard and protect intellectual property. TechNet will also support public diplomacy initiatives, expanded trade as well as dialogue with policymakers regarding key issues including China policy.

Broadband and Internet Policy: Provide strong support for the growth and vitality of the Internet and accelerated broadband deployment by advocating for consumer access to Internet content and services and a permanent Internet tax moratorium.

Sarbanes-Oxley Rational Relief: Work to reduce the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s compliance burdens and impacts on small companies, while maintaining the integrity of the Act’s corporate governance goals. This will reduce unnecessary costs and mitigate unintended consequences of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that are impacting innovation.

I would have ordered this list far differently. It's back-to-front, almost.

These are the four most significant issues, imho: [My italics.]

Broadband and Internet Policy: Provide strong support for the growth and vitality of the Internet and accelerated broadband deployment by advocating for consumer access to Internet content and services and a permanent Internet tax moratorium.

Sarbanes-Oxley Rational Relief: Work to reduce the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s compliance burdens and impacts on small companies, while maintaining the integrity of the Act’s corporate governance goals. This will reduce unnecessary costs and mitigate unintended consequences of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that are impacting innovation.

Patent Litigation Reform: Advance proposals with the goal of ending abusive lawsuits brought by plaintiffs using patents as a means of obtaining settlements from legitimate technology businesses.

Trade and Public Diplomacy: Work closely with national policymakers to enact trade agreements that strengthen our companies through expanded market access overseas. Our members increasingly rely on international markets for growth and we will work to support legislative efforts to enter those markets as well as agreements that guard and protect intellectual property. TechNet will also support public diplomacy initiatives, expanded trade as well as dialogue with policymakers regarding key issues including China policy.

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  • National Security

    Or is that self-induced national paranoia?
    fr0thy@...
    • WAAA

      You'll never know
      Altotus
    • National Security

      Paranoia? Hardly. The feral federal government is doing a
      lot of things to violate innocent people's privacy, scanning
      and pawing us and violation our 2nd amendment rights at
      airports and 4th amendment rights against unreasonable
      search and seizures, but is amazingly vigorously opposed
      to sensible precautions like simply fencing borders and
      conducting background investigations on visa applicants.
      Professor8
  • How many asking for patent lawsuit ...

    protection would turn around and sue anyone stepping on their patents? You can't have your cake and eat it too.
    bjbrock
    • My sentiments exactly

      In defense, they would probably say that their patents are [i]different[/i].
      Taz_z
      • quick to take

        Yes, this bunch is quick to try to grab other people's
        written creations and inventions when they don't have the
        resources to quickly develop them, because they know
        they can develop them and cash in without paying full
        price. OTOH, they're the same folks trying to patent
        things like using whitespace to separate words...
        processes that go back thousands of years.
        Professor8
  • They Only Listen to Cash and Hookers!

    Lobbying?

    Private suite with a beautiful girl is more like it!
    You wanna get politicos to do something? It take girls and cash baby!

    They won't even talk to you in the lobby!




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    StvBallmer
  • Issues they face... $$$

    Tech companies want better education for the 21st Century, they could be funding scholarships, endowments and financially supporting public schools directly... they have the $$$$... why ask the gov't to do what they could be doing anyway? Also, they themselves could do a better job providing training for employees as the workplace shifts, instead of laying them off, hiring newbies and pushing for more H1B visas... as usual, biz wants us all to pay for them to make a higher profit for their shareholders.
    casachs
    • executive compensation

      I was just about to give a hearty agreement when I reached
      the last phrase.

      These guys are even trying to grab the gains for
      themselves rather than have them go to the share-owners.
      Last year, the share-owners of several firms presented
      petitions for some executive compensation oversight in
      addition to their back-scratching circle.

      But, as you say, the executives and venture capital crowd
      would much rather body shop than hire, retain and
      develop employees, but because it pads their personal
      pockets and does not benefit the vast majority of stock-
      owners.
      Professor8
  • Tom, why didn't you just say?

    That Bill Gates was holding a
    meeting to discuss bribing
    Congress for more H1B visas, and
    make a long story short?
    Ole Man