The Consumer Electronics Association will host a webcast briefing Tuesday to discuss the recent U.S. elections and what they mean for the industry and individual companies. Michael Petricone, CEA's senior vice president of government affairs, will host the hourlong briefing at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Victoria A. Espinel, who was named last week as the nation's first "Copyright Czar" (or is that" Czarina"?), will oversee the enforcement of Intellectual Property laws in the U.S. and overseas. The post, which was created by Congress last year under the Pro IP Act (Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008), must be approved by the Senate.
The mission of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is to support the consumer electronics industry. Year after year, the International CES hosts the world’s greatest festival of technology and ingenuity. In 2007, CE sales are projected to top $155 billion in the United States—a 7 percent growth over 2006. The consumer electronics industry is driving our economy, providing good jobs to two million Americans, and ensuring that America continues to lead the world in innovation. But as is often the case, the success and growth of one industry, particularly an innovative sector fostering change, is perceived as a threat by other industries wedded to entrenched
After simmering in the background for the last few years as an accepted and mature technology, satellite radio is back in the news, and not only for the proposed merger between XM and Sirius. A recent judgment by a U.S. District Court could increase the heat in the courts and on the floor of Congress. Retailers should take note because the outcome could directly affect the products they sell. Last year, the music industry joined forces to launch a lawsuit against XM Satellite Radio. At the heart of the issue are the portable XM/Pioneer Inno and the XM+MP3 service. The technology allows users to record
Ten year CEA veteran Michael Petricone was promoted Tuesday to the position of senior vice president, government affairs. Among his various roles at the organization advocating for the CE industry before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission, he served as vice president, technology policy, crafting and executing plans for the switch to digital television, digital rights managment, recycling, telecommunications policy reform and mobile electronics. Said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro, “This promotion recognizes Michael’s leadership in helping CEA develop a world-class government affairs operation.” After earning a bachelor’s degree from Tufts and a JD from Georgetown University, Petricone went on to
A California law raises the price of electronics and marks the legal start of a growing trend By David Dritsas This past summer, at a Temple University parking lot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, electronics began stacking up. But the piles of PCs and monitors weren't for sale, they were destined for dismantling, reclamation and recycling. This one-day event, sponsored by Dell, is evidence of a growing trend among manufacturers paying closer attention to how their products are disposed. But not everything green is necessarily good. Pro-environmental laws could affect retailers' bottom lines, and the by-products of recycling are dishing up some hazards of their own.