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House IP Subcommittee Vice-Chairman Marino Addresses AIPLA Spring Meeting in Philadelphia


May 17, 2014 -- Yesterday, Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA, 10th District), Vice-Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, addressed the Friday Luncheon of the AIPLA Spring Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
In his remarks, Marino emphasized the importance of intellectual property to the economy of the United States and the need to provide full funding and staffing to both the US Patent and Trademark Office and the US Copyright Office. "While many divisions in the federal government may slow private sector growth, these are two entities that to the contrary increase economic opportunity, and thus serve invaluable roles," he stated.
After sharing how his personal experience with intellectual property shaped his passion for protecting the entrepreneurial spirit, Marino highlighted the need for combating piracy and counterfeiting, curbing abusive litigation, and a comprehensive review of the Copyright Act. Commenting on the efforts of the Senate Judiciary Committee to reach a compromise on patent litigation reform, Marino stated, "I remain optimistic that we can pass balanced, meaningful reforms by the end of the year."
"We are pleased that Vice-Chairman Marino took the time to address the attendees at our meeting as Congress, as well as the courts and the administration, are making critical decisions impacting every industry relying on IP," stated Q. Todd Dickinson, Executive Director of AIPLA.  

AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.  
AIPLA Contact:
Director of Legal Affairs
(703) 412-4353