Legislative Newsletter Updates

Legislative Updates
by Hayden W. Gregory, Section Legislative Consultant

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Senate Hearing on President's Nominees to Head USPTO and IPEC

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a confirmation hearing on President Obama’s nominees for two key intellectual property related leadership positions. The nominees, Daniel Marti to be Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and Michelle Lee as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, were the only witnesses.

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December 11, 2014

U.S. House of Representatives Approves H.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act"

Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 3309, the “Innovation Act,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s bill to address problems created by abusive litigation practices associated with patent trolls or “patent assertion entities.”

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December 5, 2013

House Judiciary Committee Votes to Advance H.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act"

Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee marked up and voted to favorably report H.R. 3309, the “Innovation Act,” to the full House. H.R. 3309 was introduced on October 22 by Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte, and the Committee held a hearing on the bill on October 29. The bill and the October 29 hearing were the subjects on my November 5 report.

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November 21, 2013

Introduction and Hearing on H.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act"

On Tuesday, October 29, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H.R. 3309, the “Innovation Act.” Introduced a week earlier by Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, H.R. 3309 is designed to address abusive litigation tactics engaged in by so-called “patent trolls,” who are also identified as “Non-practicing Entities (NPEs)” and “Patent Assertion Entities” (PAEs). 

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November 6, 2013

U.S. Senate Confirms Appointment of Todd M. Hughes to Federal Circuit

By a vote of 98-0, the U.S. Senate today confirmed the nomination of Todd M. Hughes to be a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Hughes, a career Department of Justice lawyer, currently serves as Deputy Director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the DOJ Civil Division. He was nominated by President Obama on February 7, 2013.

Hughes’ confirmation follows Senate approval on August 1 of former USPTO Solicitor Ray Chen, President Obama’s other 2013 appointment to the Federal Circuit, and brings the court to its full authorized component of 12 judges.

September 24, 2013

H.R. 2655 -- Amendment to Rule 11 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

ON September 11, the House Judiciary Committee voted to favorably report to the House H.R. 2655, the “Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act.” Approval came on a largely party line vote, with 17 Republican members voting for the bill, and 9 Democrats and one Republican voting against.

Copies of H.R. 2655 and of the ABA letter in opposition.

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September 15, 2013

U.S. Senate Votes Unanimously to Confirm the Federal Circuit Nomination of USPTO Solicitor Ray Chen

Today the U.S. Senate voted 97-0 to confirm vote the nomination of Raymond T. Chen to be a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Chen has been serving as Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Upon Senate confirmation Mr. Chen becomes immediately eligible to be sworn as a judge of the Federal Circuit.

August 1, 2013

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