Our attorneys represent clients seeking a voice in and perspectives on legislation and regulatory policy that affect intellectual property in the United States, in both Congress and the executive branch. Clients vary from small to the largest businesses, including Fortune 50 companies as well as universities, significant trade associations and a major performing rights organization. We have represented clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, computer hardware, software and equipment, entertainment, printing and publishing industries.
We handle all aspects of IP legislative and regulatory affairs, from copyright to trademarks to patents and trade secret. Several of our lawyers have substantial, high-level government experience, and have played and continue to play an active role in a wide range of federal IP legislative activities, both on the Hill and within the Administration:
- Our lawyers have participated in drafting numerous amendments to the Patent Act, including provisions enacted in the America Invents Act and other laws relating to patent term restoration, process patents, technology transfer and government patent policy and patent subject matter eligibility. This year, one of our lawyers testified in the Senate on patent reform proposals.
- We are currently engaged in copyright modernization, music licensing reform and efforts by the American Law Institute to restate copyright laws.
- Our lawyers had significant involvement in drafting and negotiating the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004 and the Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement Act of 2004.
- We participated in key aspects of the legislative process that led to enactment of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1988, the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 and the Satellite Home Viewer Act of 1988.
- 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 Trademark Dilution Act of 1995.