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by Hayden W. Gregory, Section Legislative Consultant
Hayden GregoryThe Legislative Newsletter, which contains the latest reports from the Section Legislative Consultant, is provided by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law as legislative news develops.

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House Judiciary Committee IP Plans for 2015-2016

January 15, 2015
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced priorities for the Committee in the 114th Congress in a speech Tuesday at the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast. Two major intellectual property related initiatives are among Goodlatte's priorities. They are patent law reform to combat abusive enforcement practices of patent assertion entities or patent "trolls", and copyright law reform. Each of these initiatives was also the subject of extensive effort by the Committee in the 113th Congress.

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

December 11, 2014
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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U.S. House of Representatives Approves H.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act"

December 5, 2013
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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