Internet Association, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation and Food Marketing Institute launched an advertising campaign in targeted states and districts across the country urging Congress to put an end to patent abuse and to protect American businesses from patent trolls. "Patent trolls use bad patents to bully companies of all sizes, in every economic sector, from coast-to-coast. This is essentially legalized extortion, forcing hard working businesses to go to court or write a check--money they can't spend on hiring and growth," IA CEO Michael Beckerman said. Details: www.stopbadpatents.com.
American Gaming Association, Washington, plans to use the upcoming movie "Runner Runner," which focuses on illegal offshore online gambling, to promote federally regulated Internet gaming in the U.S., according to CasinoConnectionAC.com. AGA CEO Geoff Freeman proposes to use the movie to release statistical data related to the amount of unlawful online gambling already happening in the U.S., and ask moviegoers to visit the AGA website. AGA might also show the film to specific audiences. The film stars Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, and is scheduled to be released Oct. 4.
The entry deadline for the Web Marketing Association's international MobileWebAward competition is Sept. 30. This award program recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals who create and maintain the mobile websites and the mobile applications. Details: www.mobile-webaward.org.