Thursday, July 24, 2008
Leahy/Specter Drop New IP Enforcement Bill
At a press conference today, Sen Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., introduced a new IP enforcement bill.
The legislation includes language from several other IP-related bills that have been floating around the Senate in recent years.
It has some similarities with the House's PRO-IP Act, although one House staffer working on the issue noted that there are a fair few differences.
For example: although both bills would create a new IP enforcement coordinator in the executive branch, the House version would give that person greater powers, the staffer noted.
Unlike the House bill, the Senate version would give the Justice Department the right to bring civil enforcement actions against infringers.
Details on the new bill are available here.
*See Friday's print edition of the Daily Journal for more.