CEA Brings the Best in Tech Policy to 2014 International CES

January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas

Arlington, Va., November 18, 2013 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, announced today a broad array of technology policy-related panel discussions to be held at the Innovation Policy Summit during the 2014 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas.


The CES Innovation Policy Summit includes top government officials, entrepreneurs and policy experts who will underscore the relationship between technology innovation and public policies while addressing major issues impacting American innovators and U.S. competitiveness. The CES Innovation Policy Summit session panels include the following:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

* Stop Fighting and Fix It: Making Music Licensing Work for Innovators, Artists and Consumers, features musician and entrepreneur Hank Shocklee and Steven Marks, chief of digital business and general counsel with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), focusing on how to modernize the music licensing system to benefit entrepreneurs, musicians and consumer.

* Startups and Public Policy: Obstacles and Opportunities, includes startup incubator leaders and General Assembly NY Co-Founder, Jake Schwartz, as well as Engine Advocacy's Co-Founder Josh Mendelsohn, on what Washington should do (and not do) to promote entrepreneurs and generate new innovative businesses.

* Driving Towards the Future: Pro-Innovation Policies and the Connected Car, explores the challenges and opportunities in the future of automobiles. Panelists include Hilary Cain, national manager of technology and innovation policy for Toyota Motor North America. The session is produced in conjunction with the Global Automakers and Auto Alliance.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

* Battling for the Best and Brightest: Immigration Reform and the Innovative Economy, includes thoughts from Facebook's Vice President of U.S. Public Policy Joel Kaplan. The panel discussion will center on how the tech community has united to push for comprehensive immigration reform and will feature opinions from thought leaders as well as startups.

* The Internet of Things and the Home of the Future, highlights the policy implications of the connected home. The session, moderated by Larry Downes, consultant and author, will feature introductory remarks by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen.

* Patent Litigation Reform: Who Are You Calling a Troll?, is a balanced conversation that includes Erich Spangenberg, CEO and co-chairman of IPNav, who believes that the title "patent troll" is simply a way to discredit his profession. On the other side of the debate, Julie Samuels, staff attorney, Mark Cuban chair to eliminate stupid patents, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Lee Cheng, general counsel and secretary, Newegg, Inc., will highlight the need for sensible patent litigation reform.

* Spectrum Spectacular: Slicing the Nation's Airwaves, features a panel of experts including Austin Schlick, director of communications law at Google, and Gary Epstein of the FCC Incentive Auction Task Force. The session will focus on key issues ranging from the FCC's upcoming voluntary broadcast incentive auctions, to federal spectrum sharing, to unlicensed versus licensed spectrum.

* The FCC's Regulatory Agenda for 2014, hear what the FCC commissioners have to say about important regulatory and policy issues, including spectrum allocation, accessibility, regulatory reform and other hot topics dominating the conversation in 2014.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

* Change is in the Air: New Policies for Using Consumer Electronics on Airplanes, sheds light on the latest recommendations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The panel will include Kirk Thornburg of Delta Air Lines and will delve into how the new regulations allowing the expanded use of portable electronic devices on planes will affect the CE industry, policymakers, airline passengers and more.

* Energy Efficiency Initiatives for Electronics: What's Working and What's Not, is a can't-miss discussion on the policy regulations for sustainable electronics. The past several years have seen a flurry of regulatory, legislative and private sector activity on energy efficiency impacting consumer electronics (CE). The panel will discuss what's really working and what needs to be a priority for government, industry and advocates in 2014.

* E-Waste: When Will it End? is a thought-provoking session on how the e-waste paradigm changes when returned CE gets lighter, less costly to recycle and maybe even valuable. Jason Linnell, executive director of the National Center for Electronics Recycling, will offer his thoughts as one of the members of the panel.

* Green Standards: Who Should Run the Show? features stakeholders representing various sides of the green tech issue. Participants will hash what "green' means as green standards and disclosures become commonplace in the CE market.

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