Patent and Trademark

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 »

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 »

Bipartisan, bicameral group highlights broad opposition to sweeping anti-patent legislation moving through Congress

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Today, U.S. Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Scott Peters (D-Calif.) and Curt Clawson (R-FL) and U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and David Vitter (R-La.) held a joint press conference to highlight the broad opposition to sweeping anti-patent legislation moving through Congress. The House of Representatives is expected to vo... Read more »

Media Advisory: Bicameral, Bipartisan Press Conference to Highlight Broad Opposition to Sweeping Anti-Patent Legislation Moving Through Congress

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Group of Senators and Representatives to Hold Bipartisan Press Conference to Highlight Broad Opposition to Sweeping Anti-Patent Legislation Moving Through Congress H.R. 9 scheduled for July vote in the House On Tuesday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY), will hold a joint pres... Read more »

Conyers Votes Against Patent Legislation That Will Harm Innovators And Small Businesses

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 9, the Innovation Act by a vote of 24-8: “Sadly, today’s committee markup did nothing to fix the fundamental issues that are troubling our broken patent system. The so-called ‘Innovation Act’ favors big businesses over small inventors and start-... Read more »

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.’ Opening Statement at Markup of H.R. 9, the Innovation Act

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Today, during a full House Judiciary Committee markup of H.R. 9, the “Innovation Act,” Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) delivered the following opening statement: “Abusive patent litigation is a problem that requires a targeted approach. “Unfortunately, H.R. 9, the so-called ‘Innovation Act’ is overly broad and could potentially weaken every single patent in America. It is not the solution... Read more »

This Week in the House Judiciary Committee

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The following is the House Judiciary Committee’s schedule for the week May 11th - May 15th. WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 10:00 a.m. Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .Sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet’s Operation Witnesses: · Ms. Mei-lan Stark, Immediate Past President, International Trad... Read more »

Bipartisan Group of House Lawmakers Reintroduce The Innovation Protection Act

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Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Nadler (D-NY), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Doug Collins (R-GA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced H.R. 1832, “The Innovation Protection Act.” The legislation would create a revolving fund that will allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark... Read more »

Conyers & Nadler Urge Supreme Court to Preserve Critical Legal Tool in the Fight Against Housing and Lending Discrimination

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. At the heart of this case is whether disparate impact – a metho... Read more »

Conyers, Watt Statement on Patent Litigation Issues

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Today, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a discussion draft designed to address some of the outstanding patent issues, including litigation abuse. Following the release of this discussion draft, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and... Read more »