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Which Committees in Congress are involved in the debate?

Last updated 4/17/2015

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Intellectual property issues, including patent issues, are within the jurisdiction of the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee. As several of the legislative proposals involve clarifying the FTC’s authority, consumer protection, and anticompetition laws as they apply to demand letters, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee have been engaged on these  issues. Additionally, the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship is also looking at related issues, and held a hearing on March 19, 2015, to hear from small businesses that will be impacted by patent reform changes.