Intellectual Property

Statement of the Honorable John Conyers for the Hearing on the International Trade Commission Patent Litigation

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Today’s hearing gives us an opportunity to study how the International Trade Commission handles patent disputes and whether it sufficiently protects American innovation. In particular, we should focus on whether the Commission produces fair results to litigants and, most importantly, whether these results are beneficial to the American consumer. Congress established the Commission as an independe... Read more »

Statement of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. for the Markup of H.R. 699, the “Email Privacy Act"

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In 2014, in a unanimous ruling delivered by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court concluded that the police may not search a cellphone without first demonstrating probable cause. Citing an obvious Fourth Amendment interest in the vast amount of data we store on—and access from—our personal devices, the Court wrote: “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in... Read more »

Statement of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. on the Manager’s Amendment to H.R. 699, the “Email Privacy Act”

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I want to begin by thanking you, Chairman Goodlatte, and your staff, for working with us to develop the amendment before us now. I also want to thank the members of the Digital Due Process Coalition, many of whom are represented here today, for their tireless dedication to the work of modernizing federal statute for the Internet age. Over the last few weeks, Mr. Chairman, as we have worked out ou... Read more »

House Judiciary Committee Approves H.R. 699, Email Privacy Act

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The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 28-0 the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) to protect Americans’ privacy and public safety in the digital age. Nearly 30 years ago, Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to provide a fair balance between the privacy expectations of American citizens and the legitimate needs of law enforcement agencies. The law sets fo... Read more »

This Week in the House Judiciary Committee (April 11 - 15, 2016)

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The House Judiciary Committee has announced its schedule for the week of April 11-15, 2016. Wednesday, April 13 10:30 a.m. Full Committee Markup 2141 Rayburn House Office Building S. 125, the “Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2015” (Sen. Leahy, D-VT) H.R. 699, the “Email Privacy Act” (Rep. Yoder, R-Kan.) THURSDAY, APRIL 14 10:00 a.m. Subcommittee on Courts, Intelle... Read more »

Goodlatte, Conyers, Upton, and Pallone Announce Bipartisan Encryption Working Group

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Encryption a Top Issue for House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) today announced the creation of an encryption working group to examine the complicated legal and policy issues surroundi... Read more »

House Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on Encryption on March 1

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On Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy.” The House Judiciary Committee previously held member briefings on encryption, which included a briefing from technology companies and a classified briefing from the government. As encryption has increasingly become much more widespr... Read more »

Statement of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. on H.R. 699, “The Email Privacy Act”

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“As of this morning, the bill has earned 304 cosponsors—191 Republicans, 113 Democrats, and 27 members of the House Judiciary Committee. What do all of these members have in common? “First, we all agree that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is outdated and provides unjustifiably inconsistent standards for government access to our stored communications. “This statute continues to serve as ... Read more »

This Week in the House Judiciary Committee

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 10:00 a.m. Full Committee Hearing H.R. 699, the “Email Privacy Act” Witnesses: Mr. Andrew J. Ceresney, Director, Division of Enforcement, United States Securities and Exchange Commission Mr. Richard W. Littlehale, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigation Division, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Mr. Steven Cook, President, Board of Directors, National Associa... Read more »

Opening Statement: IP Subcomittee Hearing on International Data Flows: Promoting Digital Trade in the 21st Century

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“The growth of the United States economy relies on the expansion of the global digital economy and efficient cross-border data flow. “According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, digital trade increased U.S. average wages by nearly 5 percent and spurred the creation of about 2.4 million full time positions in 2011. That same year, digital trade also increased our Nation’s annual Gross Dom... Read more »