Posts in Capitol Hill


This Week in Washington: Digitized Payment Systems, Operation Warp Speed and Changing American Tech

This week in our nation’s capital, the Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on introducing decentralized ledger technologies into government payment systems while the Senate Labor …
By IPWatchdog
14 days ago 0

Industry Leaders Reflect on Bayh-Dole at 40

On June 23, the Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund celebrated 40 years of the Bayh-Dole act with a virtual briefing, titled: “The Bayh-Dole Act at 40 Years: How the ‘…
By Rebecca Tapscott
18 days ago 3

IP Valuation for the Preservation of Public Health: Managing IP in the Age of COVID-19

Certainly, patents that read on a potential cure for COVID-19 deserve special treatment. After all, the cure for COVID-19 is not only crucial to save lives all …
By Roya Ghafele
20 days ago 0

This Week in Washington IP: FCC Oversight, Autonomous Systems for Transporting Goods and Digital Systems for COVID-19 Stimulus Payments

This week in Washington IP events, Tuesday kicks off with a House Space Subcommittee hearing on research and development into social distancing configurations in air travel seating, …
By IPWatchdog
21 days ago 0

Bipartisan Safeguarding American Innovation Act Would Crack Down on China Theft of U.S. IP

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to stop the theft of U.S. intellectual property by foreign governments, with a focus on China. The bill, …
By IPWatchdog
24 days ago 8

Calling on Congress: Take Bipartisan Action on IP Now to Ensure Economic Recovery

Societies are always most vulnerable in times of crisis. Right now, America is in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, subsequent economic devastation, and justified nationwide protests …
By Arvin Patel
24 days ago 4

This Week in Washington IP: Licensing Week Virtual, the FCC’s Possible Section 230 Reforms and Pro-Innovator Patent System Reforms

This week in Washington IP events, the Senate Financial Services Subcommittee focuses on Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction oversight while the House Transportation Committee marks up a …
By IPWatchdog
28 days ago 0

Full Senate Judiciary Committee Addresses COVID-19 Related Fraud

On June 9, the full Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “COVID-19 Fraud: Law Enforcement’s Response to Those Exploiting the Pandemic.”  The hearing, which was led …
By Rebecca Tapscott
28 days ago 1

U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Federal Register Notice Announcing State Sovereign Immunity Study

On June 3, the U.S. Copyright Office published a Federal Register notice regarding a study it is initiating to “evaluate the degree to which copyright owners are …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 1

Startup and User Reps Square Off with Independent Creators in Panel Two of DMCA Hearing

Earlier this week, the Senate IP Subcommittee met to hear from two panels of witnesses about whether and how to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 6

Third Senate IP Subcommittee Hearing on DMCA: The ‘Grand Bargain’ is No Longer Working

In the first part of a two-panel hearing today on whether the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is working for the 21st Century, Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 7

This Week in Washington IP: Reconsidering the DMCA Takedown System, Bridging Gaps in Federal Data Privacy Legislation, and Developing Technologies for Inclusive Cities

This week in Washington IP events, the Senate IP Subcommittee convenes a hearing to look at recent recommendations made by the U.S. Copyright Office regarding the …
By IPWatchdog
1 month ago 1

Section 512 Report Suggests Fine-Tuning Knowledge and Eligibility Requirements for DMCA Safe Harbors

On May 21, the U.S. Copyright Office published a report on Section 512 of Title 17 of the U.S. Code, which governs limitations on copyright liability to materials …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Senators Respond to Attempted Attacks on U.S. IP by Chinese Hackers

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 3

This Week in Washington IP: Commercializing Climate Change Tech, Digital Dollars and Post-Pandemic Open Source Platforms

This week in Washington IP news, both houses of Congress remain fairly quiet except for an executive session by the Senate Commerce Committee to discuss a few …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 0