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Testimony & Statements from 109th Congress and earlier

AIPLA Statements given in the 109th Congress  

  • Statement submitted on issues relating to the patenting of tax advice before the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures of the House Committee on Ways and Means, July 13, 2006 (PDF)
  • Letter offered in support of H.R. 683, the Trademark Dilution Improvement Act of 2005, filed April 25, 2006 (PDF)
  • Letters to The Honorable Bill Frist, Senate Majority Leader, and to The Honorable Arlen Specter, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, expressing AIPLA's concerns over the proposed transfer of jurisdiction for immigration appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, filed March 24, 2006. (PDF)
  • Letter to The Honorable Bill Frist, Letter to The Honorable Arlen Specter.
  • Letter to The Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, expressing AIPLA's strong support on H.R. 2791, the “United States Patent and Trademark Office Fee Modernization Act," filed December 9, 2005 (PDF)
  • Letter to The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, United States Senate, expressing AIPLA's opposition to efforts to amend section 271(g) of the patent statute in a manner that would diminish a process patent owner’s existing right to obtain relief against unfair trade practices under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337(a)(1)(B)(ii)), filed December 9, 2005 (PDF)
  • Letter offered in support of H.R. 683 (Trademark Dilution Improvememt Act of 2005), submitted to The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch and The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, on June 15, 2005. (PDF)
  • Written Statement Before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, United States House of Representatives on H.R. 2795, the “Patent Act of 2005," by Gary Griswold, June 9, 2005. (PDFClick HERE to view H.R. 2795, the “Patent Act of 2005”
  • Oral Statement Before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, United States House of Representatives on H.R. 2795, the "Patent Act of 2005", by Gary Griswold, June 9, 2005. (PDF)
  • Written Statement Before the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, United States Senate, on Perspectives on Patents, by Michael K. Kirk, April 25, 2005 (PDF)
  • Oral Statement before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, on the need to improve the U.S. patent system, by Michael K. Kirk, April 25, 2005 (PDF)
  • Letter in regards to Oversight Hearing on Holmes Group, submitted to Congress on March 14, 2005 (PDF)
  • Letter offered in support of H.R. 32, the “Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act," submitted to Congress on March 11, 2005 (Click HERE for PDF version)
  • Letter offered in support of proposed changes to H.R. 683, the “Trademark Dilution Improvement Act of 2005," submitted to Congress on February 28, 2005. (PDF)
  • Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005 (H.R. 683), by William G. Barber, February 17, 2005 (PDF)
 
 as of November 23, 2010
 

AIPLA Statements given in the 108th Congress

 Documents to be posted soon for the Congresses noted below.
  • Patent Quality Improvement: Post-Grant Opposition, by Michael K. Kirk, June 24, 2004  (PDF)
  • Letter to the US Congress on the Proposals to Amend the Federal Trademark Dilution Act (FTDA), Comments submitted on April 20, 2004 (PDF)
  • Patent Quality Improvement Act, by Charles E. Van Horn, July 24, 2003 (PDF)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office Fee Modernization Act of 2003, by Michael K. Kirk, April 3, 2003 (PDF)
  

AIPLA Statements given in the 107th Congress

  • H.R. 5119, the "Plant Breeders Equity Act of 2002," by Vincent E. Garlock, September 19, 2002 ( PDF)
  • USPTO Strategic Plan & Fee Legislation, by Michael K. Kirk, July 18, 2002 (PDF)
  • Letter Offered Opposing the Amendment on Patents on Cloning, by Michael K. Kirk, June 18, 2002 (PDF)
  • Oversight Hearing on The US Patent and Trademark Office: Operations and Fiscal Year 2003 Budget, by Michael K. Kirk, April 11, 2002. (PDF)
  • Oversight Hearing on Patent Law and Non-Profit Research Collaboration, by Charles E. Van Horn, March 14, 2002. (PDF)
  • S. 1611, the Intellectual Property Protection Restoration Act of 2001, by Michael K. Kirk, February 27, 2002 (PDF)
  • Oversight Hearing on the Federal Trademark Dilution Act, by Michael K. Kirk, February 14, 2002 (PDF)
  • Letter Offered for Oversight Hearing on Market Power and Intellectual Property Litigation, by Michael K. Kirk, November 28, 2001 (PDF)
  • Oversight Hearing on Improving Fairness and Quality of Issued Patents, by Michael K. Kirk, May 10, 2001 (PDF)
  • Oversight Hearing on Business Method Patents, by Michael K. Kirk, April 4, 2001 (PDF)
 

AIPLA Statements given in the 106th Congress 

  • Oversight Hearing on Gene Patents and other Genomic Inventions, by M. Andrea Ryan, July 13, 2000 (PDF)
  • Oversight Hearing on the Internet and Federal Courts: Issues and Obstacles, by Mark A. Thurmon, June 29, 2000 (PDF)
  • Oversight Hearing on The United States Patent and Trademark Office, by Michael K. Kirk, March 9, 2000 (PDF)
  • Oral Statement, by Charles Van Horn, March 9, 2000 (PDF)
  • Comments on World Trade Organization Negotiating Objectives, by Michael K. Kirk, August 4, 1999 (PDF)
  • Oversight Hearing on Internet Domain Names and Intellectual Property Rights, by Michael K. Kirk, July 28, 1999 (PDF)
  • Report of the U.S. Copyright Office on Copyright and Digital Distance Education and Intellectual Property Security Registration, by Michael K. Kirk, June 24, 1999 (PDF)
  • H.R. 1752, "Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1999," by Michael K. Kirk, May 12, 1999) (PDF)
  • H.R. 1565, the "Trademark Amendments Act of 1999," by Michael K. Kirk, May 5, 1999) (PDF)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Budget, Fiscal Year 2000, by Michael K. Kirk, April 9, 1999) (PDF)
  • Committee Print, the "American Inventors Protection Act" and H.R. 1225, the "United States Patent and Trademark Office Reauthorization Act, Fiscal Year 2000," by Michael K. Kirk, March 25, 1999 (PDF)
  • H.R. 354, The "Collections of Information Antipiracy Act," by Michael K. Kirk, March 18, 1999) (PDF)
  

AIPLA Statements given in the 105th Congress 

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Consolidation, by Michael K. Kirk, September 23, 1998 (PDF)
  • Anticounterfeiting, H.R. 3891, Dilution Amendment, H.R. 3119, and Oversight of Patent Extension Review, by Michael K. Kirk, May 21, 1998 (PDF)
  • FY 1999 Appropriations for the Patent and Trademark Office, by Gary L. Griswold, April 1, 1998 (PDF)
  • PTO Oversight Hearing, by Michael K. Kirk, March 19, 1998 (PDF)
  • Trade Dress, H.R. 3163, Databases, H.R. 2652, and Domain Names, Michael K. Kirk, February 12, 1998 (PDF)
  • (H.R.2652 has been amended since statement)
  • Internet Domain Names Trademark Protection, Michael K. Kirk, November 5, 1997 (PDF)
  • Database Protection, H.R. 2652, and Vessel Hull Design Protection, H.R. 2696, by Michael K. Kirk, October 23, 1997 (both bills have been amended since statement)
  • On-Line Copyright Liability (H.R. 2180) and WIPO Copyright Treaties Implementation (H.R. 2281), by Michael K. Kirk, September 17, 1997 (H.R. 2180 superseded by H.R. 3209) (PDF)