We offer significant services to clients seeking perspectives on and a voice in legislation and regulatory policy affecting intellectual property in the United States, both in Congress and in the Executive Branch. Our clients vary in size from small to the largest businesses, including Fortune 50 companies, as well as major trade associations, a major performing rights organization, and universities. Represented industries include biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, computer hardware, software and equipment, entertainment, printing and publishing.
We are involved in all aspects of intellectual property legislative and regulatory affairs, from copyright to patent. In late 2004, Drinker Biddle lawyers had significant involvement in the drafting and negotiation of the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004 and the Collaborative Research and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) Act. During the 109th Congress (2005-06), Drinker Biddle attorneys were active participants in legislative efforts to reform music licensing and the Nation's patent laws.
We have engaged in key aspects of the legislative process that have led to enactment of the U.S. Copyright Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Berne Convention Implementation Act, the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act, and the Satellite Home Viewer Act. We have also participated in the drafting of numerous amendments to the Patent Act, including laws relating to patent term restoration, process patents, technology transfer, and government patent policy. We have been at the forefront in crafting the federal trademark statutes, including the Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988, the Trademark Counterfeiting Act of 1984, and the Federal Dilution Act of 1995.