Understanding the current Congress, such as who heads the key committees that regulate intellectual property and recent proposed intellectual property legislation, is fundamental knowledge for all business attorneys. The Senate Judiciary Committee has a specific subcommittee on Intellectual Property, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) serves as chairman with Senator Coons (D-DE) as ranking member. The subcommittee includes 13 other members, and has jurisdiction over the Patent and Trademark Office, the Copyright Office, trade secrets, and oversees the functions of the federal government as they relate to intellectual property. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has a subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet and has jurisdiction over, among other things, patent and trademark law. Member Henry Johnson (D-GA) serves as chairman with Member Martha Roby (R-AL) as ranking member. The subcommittee includes 18 other members.
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