Chair of the Mental Property Subcommittee

Many of the motion within the Home of Representatives begins in committees and subcommittees.  Over the previous a number of phrases, patent regulation laws and USPTO oversight have primarily been dealt with by the Judiciary Committee, and significantly the Subcommittee on Courts, Mental Property, and the Web, with the subcommittee chair usually driving the dialogue and proposals.

As Republicans take cost within the Home, the brand new Speaker (together with the Judiciary Chair) might want to additionally identify an IP Subcommittee chair.  There are two main candidates:

  • Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from San Diego, California; and
  • Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Northern Kentucky.

Each Issa and Massie are non-traditional judiciary committee members as neither are attorneys.  Nonetheless, every has a number of expertise in electronics and creating merchandise, and with patents.  Issa asks nice questions and is a strong company watchdog.  However, Massie is the one that really believes in patents as a component of a powerful libertarian property rights system.  In latest days, USInventor has been lobbying in opposition to Rep. Issa and has indicated to me that it might strongly help Rep. Massie.

I bear in mind first listening to Rep. Issa’s voice on car alarm methods again within the early Nineties saying: “protected by Viper, stand again.”  However, it’s Massie’s patents which are significantly cool, most of which concentrate on haptic suggestions mechanisms.