From the Hill

IP in Congress: Review of the 113th Congress and Preview of the 114th

Hayden W. Gregory

©2015. Published in Landslide, Vol. 7, No. 4, March/April 2015, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

The 113th Congress convened on January 3, 2013, and adjourned sine die on January 2, 2015, just four days before the convening of the 114th Congress. The 113th is widely considered to have been one of the least productive Congresses in history, and sharp partisan division between the two major political parties is seen as a prime factor in the poor productivity. Intellectual property related legislation was largely devoid of pure partisan conflict, but nonetheless also showed little accomplishment in the form of enacted legislation. Few IP-related bills were enacted, and none that were enacted could be considered to be major legislation.

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