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Senate 112th Congress Bills

S. Con. Res. 50 — A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding actions to preserve and advance the multistakeholder governance model under which the Internet has thrived. (Sen. Rubio, R-FL; introduced 6/27/2012; referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations; held at the desk 09/25/12).

S. 3642 — Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act A bill which would amend Section 1832(a) of Title 18 (the Economic Espionage Act of 1996) to clarify that it applies to “a product or service used in or intended for use in” interstate or foreign commerce. (Sen. Leahy, D-VT; introduced 11/27/2012; passed by the Senate 11/27/2012).

S. 3486 — Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012. A bill to implement the provisions of the Hague Agreement and the Patent Law Treaty. (Sen. Leahy, D-VT; introduced 08/02/12; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; referred to House Committee on the Judiciary 09/25/12).

S. 3389 — Protecting American Trade Secrets and Innovation Act of 2012. A bill to modify chapter 90 of title 18, United States Code, to provide Federal jurisdiction for theft of trade secrets. (Sen. Kohl, D-WI; introduced 7/7/12; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 2269 — Anti-Trust Freedom Act of 2012. The bill would limit the ability under the antitrust laws to prohibit agreements entered into by individuals or groups such as settlements between generic and brand name pharmaceutical companies. (Sen. Paul, R-KY; introduced 3/29/12; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 2258 — Songwriters Tax Simplification Reauthorization Act. A bill to amend the tax laws to permanently provide “5-year amortization of expenses incurred in creating or acquiring music or music copyrights”. (Sen. Snowe, R-ME; introduced 3/29/12; referred to the Committee on Finance).

S. 2029 — Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN Act). A bill to amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to deter unfair imports that infringe United States intellectual property rights, and for other purposes. (Sen. Wyden, D-OR; indtroduced 12/17/11; referred to the Committee on Finance).

S. 1886 — Counterfeit Drug Penalty Enhancement Act of 2011. A bill to prevent trafficking in counterfeit drugs. (Sen. Leahy, D-VT; introduced 11/17/2011; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, 3/6/12; passed/agreed to in Senate, referred to House Committee; 3/15/12; Referred to House subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security).

S. 1830 — Protect American Innovation Act of 2011. A bill to improve enforcement of intellectual property rights, and for other purposes. (Sen. Stabenow, D-MI; introduced 11/8/2011; referred to the Committee on Finance).

S. 1228 — Combating Military Counterfeits Act of 2011. A bill to increase penalties and create a heightened criminal offense for trafficking in counterfeit military products. (Sen. Whitehouse, D-RI; introduced 6/16/11; 7/21/2011; Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 107).

S. 1138 — Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS Act. A bill to de-link research and development incentives from drug prices for new medicines to treat HIV/AIDS and to stimulate greater sharing of scientific knowledge. (Rep. Sanders, D-VT; introduced 5/26/11; referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; hearing helds).

S. 978 — A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted works a felony under Title 18 of the USC. The bill would subject the violator to up to five years in prison and a fine if “the offense consists of ten or more public performances by electronic means” and the total economic value exceeds $2500 or the total fair market value of licenses exceeds $5000. (Sen. Klobuchar, D-MN; introduced 5/12/11; 6/22/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held).

S. 968 — Protect IP Act. A bill to prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property, and for other purposes. The bill is intended to crack down on rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringing or counterfeit goods. It provides for a limited private right of action. (Sen. Leahy, D-VT; introduced 5/12/2011; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; 1/23/12 Senate floor actions. Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S. 968 withdrawn by unanimous consent in Senate).

S. 678 — Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act of 2011. The bill would increase the maximum penalties for stealing a trade secret to benefit a foreign company from 15 to 20 years. It would also allow for contemplation of increasing the penalty range in such cases. (Sen. Khol, D-WI; introduced 3/30/2011; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; 12/8/2011; Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 255).

S. 623 — Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2011. To amend chapter 111 of title 28 USC, relating to protective orders, sealing of cases, disclosures of discovery information in civil actions, and for other purposes. The bill prohibits a federal court from entering protective orders in many circumstances. (Sen. Kohl, D-WI; introduced 3/17/2011; Committee on the Judiciary scheduled to mark-up 5/5/11; 8/2/11; By Senator Leahy from Committee on the Judiciary filed written report. Report No. 112-45. Minority views filed).

S. 603 — Cuban Trademarks. A bill that would modify Section 211 of the Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1999, 101(b) Pub. L. 105-277, 112 Stat. 2681-88 that denies protection to the trademarks of businesses seized by the Cuban government. (Sen. Nelson, D-FL; introduced 3/16/2011; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 373 — Fair Prescription Drug Competition Act. A which seeks to prohibit brand-name drug companies from marketing their own generic drugs for a 180-day period.(Sen. Rockefeller, D-WV; introduced 2/16/2011; referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions).

S. 139 — Equal Access to Tax Planning Act. A bill to provide that certain tax planning strategies are not patentable. (Sen. Baucus, D-MT; introduced 1/25/2011; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 27 — Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act. A bill to prohibit brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug companies to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market. (Sen. Kohl, D-WI; introduced 1/25/2011; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; 7/22/2011; Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 110).

S. 23 — Patent Reform Act of 2011. (Sen. Leahy, D-VT; introduced 1/25/2011; placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders 2/3/11; 3/9/11 Held at the desk).