Global Intellectual Property Center

Tag Archives: legislation

U.S. Chamber Commends House Passage of Patent Bill

U.S. Chamber Commends House Passage of Patent Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act, an important piece of legislation that would help ensure the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has the necessary resources to revitalize America’s patent system.

“By passing this bill, the House has taken meaningful action to ensure America’s patent system continues to encourage innovation, create jobs, and bolster the U.S. economy,” said Bruce Josten, Chamber’s executive vice president for Government Affairs. “The ball is now in the Senate’s court to make sure that this Congress is remembered for taking the necessary steps to protect America’s role as a global leader in innovation.”

Intellectual property (IP) is a cornerstone of America’s economy, with IP-intensive industries employing more than 19 million workers, generating nearly $7.7 trillion in gross output, and accountable for 60% of total U.S.

U.S. Chamber Praises Senate Action to Move Forward with PROTECT IP Act

U.S. Chamber Praises Senate Action to Move Forward with PROTECT IP Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—David Hirschmann, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, released the following statement today commending the Senate Judiciary Committee’s unanimous passage of the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (S. 968).

“Today’s decisive action by the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the PROTECT IP Act sends a clear message that rogue sites—those devoted to the sale of counterfeit goods or distribution of pirated content—have no place in the legitimate marketplace. We commend Chairman Leahy and the committee for taking a firm stance in defense of American jobs, consumer safety, and a vibrant Internet.

“Rogue sites and their operators contribute nothing to the U.S. economy. They do not innovate, they do not pay taxes, they do not follow safety standards, and they do not follow the law.

PROTECT IP Act Moves Forward

PROTECT IP Act Moves Forward

Managing Intellectual Property

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the PROTECT IP Act, which would grant the US attorney general broad powers to targetweb sites featuring pirated content and counterfeit goods…  [subscription required]

Senate panel approves PROTECT IP Act (PoliticoPro)

Senate panel approves PROTECT IP Act (PoliticoPro)

POLITICO Pro

In a triumph for America’s content producers and goods makers, Sen. Patrick Leahy’s legislation aimed at cracking down on websites that offer pirated material and products unanimously passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote on Thursday.

“Copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods can cost American businesses billions of dollars, and result in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs,” said Leahy (D-Vt.), who shepherded the bill, in a statement. “Protecting intellectual property is not uniquely a Democratic or Republican priority — it is a bipartisan priority… [subscription required]

‘Rogue’ Websites Targeted in Bill Passed by U.S. Senate Panel

‘Rogue’ Websites Targeted in Bill Passed by U.S. Senate Panel

Bloomberg

Legislation aimed at combating “rogue” websites that sell pirated content won unanimous approval from a U.S. Senate panel before being blocked by a senator opposed to certain provisions in the bill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the measure, called the Protect IP Act, which targets websites “dedicated to infringing activities,” including the sale of illegally copied music, movies, pharmaceuticals and consumer products.

The measure, S.968, would allow the U.S. attorney general to seek court orders requiring U.S.-based search engines to stop providing links to infringing sites.