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IP Legislation in the 110th Congress

 

The table below delineates the key bills of the 110th Congress and their status as they work their way through the system.  The House Bills are in the top table and the Senate Bills are immediately below the House Bills.

 

Introduced Bill

House Committee Full House Senate Committee​ Full Senate Current Status

United States House of Representatives​​

H.R. 7084, Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 – Introduced 09/25/08 
Approved by House on 09/27/08 by voice vote.​
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Approved without amendment on 09/30/08 by unanimous consent.
Signed by the President on10/16/08. (Public Law 110-435)
H.R. 6845, Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, Introduced 09/09/08​
Subcommittee legislative hearing on 09/11/08.
H.R. 6531, Vessel Hull Design Protection Amendments (see also S. 3106)​ Approved by House on 07/22/08 by voice vote.​ Approved without amendment on 09/30/08 by unanimous consent.​ Signed by the President on 10/16/08. (Public Law 110-434)
H.R. 6362, Appointment of PTO Judges (see also S. 3295)
H.R. 6344, Responsive Government Act​ Approved by House on 06/23/08 by voice vote.​
H.R. 5889 - Orphan Works  (see also S. 2913)​ Subcommittee oversight hearing on 03/13/08. Approved by Subcommittee as amended by voice vote on 05/07/08.​
H.R. 4789 - Performance Rights Act (see also S. 2500)​ Subcommittee oversight hearing on 07/31/07. Subcommittee oversight hearing on 06/11/08. Approved by Subcommittee as amended by voice vote on 06/26/08.​
H.R. 4279 - the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act​ Subcommittee hearing on 12/13/07.  Subcommittee oversight hearing on 10/18/07. Approved as amended by voice vote on 03/06/08. Approved as amended by Full Committee on 04/30/08. Committee Report 110-617.​ Approved as amended by House on 05/06/08 by vote of 410-11.​
H.R. 2033 - Fashion Design (see also S. 1957)​ Subcommittee oversight hearing on 02/14/08
H.R. 1908 - The Patent Reform Act of 2007 (See also S. 1145)​ Subcommittee oversight hearing on 02/15/07. Subcommittee legislative hearing on 04/26/07. Approved as amended by Subcommittee by voice vote on 05/16/07. Approved as amended by Full Committee on 07/18/07. Committee Report 110-314.​ Approved as amended by House on 09/07/07, by vote of 220-175.​
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H.R. 34 - Patent Court Pilot Program​ No formal action by Committee.​ Approved by House on 02/12/07 by voice vote.

Unites States Senate

Introduced Bill

House Committee​​

Full House​​

Senate Committee​​

Full Senate​

Current Status

S. 3600, Patent Reform Act of 2008, introduced 09/25/08.​ ​​
S. 3325, Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act​ Approved by House on 09/28/08 by vote of 381-41.​ Approved on 09/11/08.​ Approved by unanimous consent on 09/26/08.​ Signed by the President on 10/13/08. (Public Law 110-403).
S. 3295, Appointment of PTO Judges​ Approved by House on 07/31/08 by Voice Vote.​ Approved by unanimous consent on 07/22/08.​ Signed by the President on 08/12/2008. (Public Law 110-313)
S. 3106 Vessel Hull Design 2008 (see also H.R. 6531)​
S. 2913 Orphan Works (see also H.R. 5889)​ Approved by Full Committee as amended on 05/15/08.​ Approved by unanimous consent on 09/26/08.
S. 2500 - the Performance Rights Act (see also H.R. 4789)​ Committee oversight hearing on 11/13/07.​
S. 2317 - Intellectual Property Enforcement Act of 2007​ Committee oversight hearing on 11/7/07. Committee oversight hearing on 06/17/08.
S. 1640 - Vessel Hull (see also H.R. 6531)​ Approved by Full Committee by voice vote on 10/05/07.​ Approved by unanimous consent on 10/05/07.
S. 1145 - The Patent Reform Act of 2007 (See also H.R. 1

 

 

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Committee oversight hearing on 05/01/07. Committee hearing on 06/06/07. Committee adopted ‘Manager’s Amendment’ by voice vote on 06/21/07. Committee adopted 2nd 'Manager’s Amendment' by voice vote on 07/12/07. Approved as amended by Full Committee on 07/19/07. Report 110-257.​
S. 316 - Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act​ Subcommittee oversight hearing on January 17, 2007. Approved by Full Committee on 02/15/07. Reported in the Senate 02/27/07.