Legislative Advocacy

AIPLA has been a visible and respected presence throughout the years whenever changes to the law are taking shape. We continue to advocate for the interests of our members and provide a strong collective voice to Congress.
Here you will find out what is happening on Capitol Hill and what positions AIPLA has taken:

Below you can explore AIPLA's Statements and Testimonies in current and past Congresses

117th Congress
  • AIPLA Endorses Nomination of Tiffany P. Cunningham to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    June 15, 2021

    On June 15, 2021, AIPLA submitted a letter to the Honorable Richard J. Durbin and the Honorable Charles L. Grassley, Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Committee on the Judiciary. This letter supported the nomination of Tiffany P. Cunningham, President Biden's nominee for Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. AIPLA wrote that Ms. Cunningham’s background and professional experience demonstrate that she is qualified to serve in that position, and that she would make an excellent addition to the Federal Circuit.
  • AIPLA Submits Comments in Response to the Discussion Draft of The Digital Copyright Act (“DCA”)

    March 22, 2021

    On March 22, 2021, AIPLA submitted comments to Senator Thom Tillis in response to the discussion draft of The Digital Copyright Act (“DCA”) of 2021. AIPLA’s comments largely mirror and reflect AIPLA’s positions expressed on prior occasions, with comments directed to the concepts addressed and not to any specific proposed language. AIPLA’s comments support the concept of advancing the DMCA towards a “notice-and-staydown” regime. AIPLA also advocates further study into the use of a standardized unique identifier that would more effectively identify content.
  • Support for the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act ("IDEA") Act of 2021

    March 2, 2021

    AIPLA is pleased to support the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act (“IDEA”) Act of 2021. We appreciate the Committee’s continued interest in improving inventor diversity and urge you to move forward with the legislation.
116th Congress
115th Congress
114th Congress
  • AIPLA Letter regarding H.R. 10,57, the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales ("PARTS") Act, February 9, 2016 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter supporting S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015, December 1, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter regarding the Manager's Amendment to H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, June 10, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter regarding S. 1137, the PATENT Act, June 2, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter regarding the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act, April 27, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter regarding the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act, April 21, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter Supporting H.R. 1832, the Innovation Protection Act, April 20, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter regarding H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, April 16, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter regarding the Nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, March 10, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Statement Before the House Judiciary Committee on "The U.S. Copyright Office: Its Functions and Resources, February 26, 2015 (PDF
113th Congress
  • AIPLA Letter regarding the Nomination of Michelle K. Lee to Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, December 9, 2014 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter regarding the November 18, 2014 Hearing on the USPTO Telework Program, December 4, 2014. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter regarding the Nomination of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, November 10, 2014 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter supporting H.R. 5233, the Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, September 9, 2014 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter regarding the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act​, July 9, 2014 (PDF)
  • Responses to Written Questions on "Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse," January 24, 2014 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Statement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse," December 17, 2013 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter to the U.S. House regarding H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, As Reported, December 4, 2013 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter to Chairman Goodlatte regarding the Manager's Amendment to H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, November 18, 2013 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter Supporting H.R. 3349, the Innovation Protection Act, November 13, 2013 (PDF
112th Congress
  • AIPLA Letter to Senators Leahy and Grassley on S. 3486, To Implement the Provisions of the Hague Agreement and the Patent Law Treaty, September 18, 2012 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter to U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Regarding July 18, 2012 Hearing on "The International Trade Commission and Patent Disputes," August 2, 2012 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter to U.S. House Judiciary Committee Regarding H.R. 6215 - Trademark Dilution, July 31, 2012 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter to the U.S. Senate in Support for Funding the USPTO in the Continuing Resolution, September 26, 2011.  (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter to the U.S. House in Support for Funding the USPTO in the Continuing Resolution, September 21, 2011. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter to U.S. House Judiciary Committee Regarding Section 22 of Manager's Amendment to H.R. 1249,
    June 22, 2011. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter to the House on PTO Revolving Fund in HR 1249, June 9, 2011. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter to U.S. House Judiciary Committee Regarding H.R. 1249, America Invents Act, April 14, 2011. (PDF
  • AIPLA Letter to the U.S. Senate in Support of USPTO Funding in the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act,
    April 12, 2011. (PDF
  • AIPLA Letter to the U.S. House in Support of USPTO Funding in the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act,
    April 12, 2011. (PDF
  • AIPLA Letter to the U.S. Senate in Support of Funding the USPTO in the Continuing Resolution, February 25, 2011. (PDF)  
  • AIPLA Letter to the U.S. Senate in Support of S. 23, The Patent Reform Act of 2011, February 24, 2011. PDF  
111th Congress
  • AIPLA Letter Supporting the UPSTO Surcharge, November 1, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA, ABA-IPL, IPO Letter on USPTO funding and Continuing Resolution, September 29, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter supporting Supplemental Funding for the USPTO, July 28, 2010.(PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter supporting the Nomination of Edward C. DuMont to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, July 16, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter on Pharmaceutical Patent Settlement Agreement Provisions in H.R. 4899, 2010 Supplemental Appropriations Bill, July 16, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to Honorable Gary Locke re resources available to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, July 14, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter on Nomination of the Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, May 19, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA letter regarding the Patent and Trademark Office Modernization Act of 2010, May 17, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA letter supporting the Manager's Amendment to S. 515 "The Patent Reform Act of 2010", April 2, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Letter supporting the “Trademark Technical Improvements Act of 2010,” to make technical and conforming amendments to procedures involving implementation of the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks, January 25, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA letter supporting President Obama’s nomination of Victoria A. Espinel to be this nation’s first United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, November 2, 2009. (PDF)
  • AIPLA letter on S. 369, the Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act, submitted September 9, 2009. (PDF)
  • Written statement before the House Subcommittee on the Courts and Competition Policy on follow-on biologics entitled "Biologics and Biosimilars: Balancing Incentives for Innovation," by Teresa Stanek Rea, July 14, 2009. (PDF)
  • Patent Reform Legislation Comparison Chart, May 5, 2009 update. (PDF)
  • Letter expressing strong support for prompt Floor consideration by the Senate of S. 515, the Patent Reform Act of 2009, submitted April 28, 2009. (PDF)
  • AIPLA letter supporting Compromise Amendment to S. 515, April 1, 2009. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Fee Diversion Letter, March 28, 2009. (PDF)
  • Patent Reform Legislation Comparison Chart, March 17, 2009. (PDF)
  • Letter offered in support of H.R. 628, which would establish a pilot program in certain U.S. district courts to encourage the enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges, filed February 25, 2009. (PDF)
  • AIPLA's Positions on Patent Reform Legislation, February 3, 2009. (PDF)
  • Letter offered in support of S. 299, which would establish a pilot program in certain U.S. district courts to encourage the enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges, filed January 22, 2009. (PDF)

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