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NGA Commends House Effort to Reform Patent System

Oct 23, 2013
Arlington, VA-The National Grocers Association (NGA) Vice President of Public Affairs, Greg Ferrara made the following statement upon introduction of the Innovation Act of 2013, a patent reform bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today:
“NGA commends Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA) and the House Judiciary Committee for their continued efforts to reform the broken patent system. The Innovation Act of 2013 is a step in the right direction to level the playing field and increase transparency for independent grocers who have increasingly become targets in frivolous patent litigation. 

NGA lauds the progress that has been made in Congress to reform the broken patent system and looks forward to working with elected officials on both sides of the aisle to ensure true patent reforms are enacted. NGA urges both Chambers of Congress to swiftly pass comprehensive patent reform legislation."

About NGA: The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry.  An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats.  Most are serviced by wholesale distributors, while others may be partially or fully self-distributing.  Independents are the true "entrepreneurs" of the grocery industry and dedicated to their customers, associates, and communities. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to 1% of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating $129.5 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.  For more information about NGA,click here.

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