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Washington, D.C. - October, 2013 - The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry, issued the following statement on today's introduction of The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA):

"For too long, the lodging industry has been targeted by the predatory tactics of so-called 'patent trolls' through the filing of frivolous patent lawsuits that are an abuse of our legal system and cost the U.S. economy $80 billion annually," said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president and CEO. "These suits are filed against hotels and other end users for offering such services as wireless Internet access for guests, safety communications between employees, and online ordering services."

Lugar continued, "The lodging industry is grateful to Chairman Goodlatte for working to protect the rights of legitimate patent holders while addressing the growing problem of abusive litigation targeted at the small businesses that are an important driver of our economy.  We urge Congress to build on this first step by enacting end-user protections and considering ways to immunize end-users from patent litigation and base damages in these lawsuits on the value of the allegedly infringing technology, not an end-user's business revenues."

About American Hotel & Lodging Association

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.

Contact: Matt Rhodes

mrhodes@ahla.com / (202) 289-3132

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