The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association both went on record last month backing patent-transparency legislation because of what they said was a growing swath of hoteliers that had been sued by PAEs for installing wireless Internet services on their properties. Specifically, the AH&LA said it was backing the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Among other things, the proposed law would make illegal the practice of sending threatening letters without backing the assertions with facts. It follows a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would make the loser in a patent lawsuit pay the winner's legal fees. "The hotel industry is seeing a disturbing rise in the number of frivolous lawsuits filed by predatory entities," AH&LA CEO Katherine Lugar said in a Nov. 18 statement. "These hotels and other end users are being targeted simply for offering wireless Internet access for guests, safety communications between employees and online ordering services." Meanwhile, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association General Counsel Justin Bragiel was one of a half-dozen witnesses who testified before a Nov. 14 hearing by the House subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations addressing PAEs and their impact on the economy and technological innovation. Get the full stoy at Travel Weekly