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Senate 113th Congress Bills

S. 214 — 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. Klobuchar, D-MN; introduced 2/4/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 350 Free Access to Science and Technology Research Act Would force free access to copyrighted articles based on government-funded research. (Sen. Cornyn, R-TX; introduced 2/14/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 467Wireless Device Independence Act A bill to create a specific exemption within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow consumers to freely unlock their mobile phones to easily switch service providers. (Sen. Wyden, D-OR; introduced 3/5/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 481Wireless Consumer Choice Act A bill to require the Federal Communications Commission to direct that wireless providers permit the unlocking of mobile devices. (Sen. Klobuchar, D-MN; introduced 3/6/13; read twice and referred to Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation).

S. 504 — The Fair and Immediate Release of Generic Drugs Act To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure that valid generic drugs may enter the market. (Sen. Franken, D-MN; introduced 3/7/13; read twice and referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S. 517 — Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act A bill to restore an exemption to the copyright statute and reestablish the Library of Congress’s former copyright rule permitting cell phone unlocking. (Sen. Leahy, D-VT; introduced 3/11/13; read twice and referred to Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 555 — Captioning and Image Narration to Enhance Movie Accessibility Act A bill to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to require captioning and video description at certain movie theaters. (Sen. Harkin, D-IA; introduced3/13/13; read twice and referred to Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions).

S. 647 — No Stolen Trademarks Honored in America Act A bill to modify the prohibition on recognition by United States courts of certain rights relating to certain marks, trade names, or commercial names. (Sen. Nelson, D-FL; introduced 3/21/13; read twice and referred to Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 660Innovation Through Trade Act A bill to amend the Trade Act of 1974 to establish the position of Chief Innovation and Intellectual Property Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative to ensure the protection of United States innovation and intellectual property interests, and for other purposes. (Sen. Hatch, R-UT; introduced 3/22/13; read twice and referred to Committee on Finance).

S. 662Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Reauthorization Act A bill which would, among other things, create a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center to coordinate Federal strategies to prevent IPR violations.  It would also require the Customs and Border Protection agency to share unredacted images of suspected infringing merchandise to the rights holder. (Sen. Baucus, D-MT; introduced 3/22/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance).

S. 712 — Patents for Humanity Program Improvement Act of 2013 A bill to allow acceleration certificates awarded under the Patents for Humanity Program to be transferable. (Sen. Leahy, D-VT; introduced 4/11/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 780PARTS Act A bill to amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for an exception from infringement for certain component parts of motor vehicles. (Sen. Whitehouse, D-RI; introduced 04/23/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 866Patent Quality Improvement Act A bill to make improvements to the transitional program for covered business method patents, and for other purposes. (Sen. Schumer, D-NY; introduced 05/06/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary).

S. 884Deter Cyber Theft Act A bill to require the Director of National Intelligence to develop a watch list and a priority watch list of foreign countries that engage in economic or industrial espionage in cyberspace with respect to United States trade secrets or proprietary information, and for other purposes. (Sen. Levin, D-MI; introduced 05/07/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance).

S. 1013Patent Abuse Reduction Act A bill to amend title 35, United States Code, to add procedural requirements for patent infringement suits. (Sen. Cornyn, R-TX; introduced 05/22/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. 1111 — Cyber Economic Espionage Accountability Act A bill to combat cyber espionage of intellectual property of United States persons, and for other purposes. ( Sen. Johnson, R-WI; introduced 06/06/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. ____ — Whitehouse Discussion Draft A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to ensure greater protections for trade secrets. (Sen. Whitehouse, D-RI; introduced for discussion 07/29/13).

S. 1478 — Protect Advanced Communications for Emergency Services Act A bill provide that certain uses of a patent or copyright in compliance with an order of the Federal Communications Commission for emergency communications services shall be construed as use or manufacture for the United States. (Sen. Cardin, D-MD; introduced 08/01/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. 1612Patent Litigation Integrity Act A bill to deter abusive patent litigation by targeting the economic incentives that fuel frivolous lawsuits. (Sen. Hatch, R-UT; introduced 10/30/13; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. 1720 — Patent Transparency and Improvements Act A bill to promote transparency in patent ownership and make other improvements to the patent system, and for other purposes. (Sen. Leahy, D-VT; introduced 11/18/2013; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. 1770Future of American Innovation and Research Act A bill to provide for Federal civil liability for trade secret misappropriation in certain circumstances. (Sen. Flake, R-AZ; introduced 11/22/2013; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. 1816A bill to amend the Trademark Act of 1946 A bill to provide for the registration of marks consisting of a flag, coat of arms, or other official insignia of the United States or of any State or local government, and for other purposes. (Sen. Klobuchar, D-MN; introduced 12/12/2013; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. 2045 — American Royalties Too Act A bill to amend title 17, United States Code, to secure the rights of visual artists to copyright, to provide for resale royalties, and for other purposes. (Sen. Baldwin, D-WI; introduced 2/26/2014; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. 2049Transparency in Assertion of Patents Act A bill to curb unfair and deceptive practices during assertion of patents, and for other purposes. (Sen. McCaskill, D-MO; introduced 2/26/2014; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation).

S. 2146Patent Fee Integrity Act A bill to establish a United States Patent and Trademark Office Innovation Promotion Fund, and for other purposes. (Sen. Feinstein, D-CA; introduced 3/13/2014; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. 2150Independent Innovator and Repurposing Act A bill to advance the public health by encouraging independent innovators to pursue drug repurposing research and develop new treatments and cures by providing appropriate intellectual property protections for those innovations, and for other purposes. (Sen. Blumenthal, D-CT; introduced 3/24/2014; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).

S. 2267Defend Trade Secrets Act A bill to modify chapter 90 of title 18, United States Code, to provide Federal jurisdiction for theft of trade secrets. (Sen. Coons, D- DE; introduced 4/29/2014; read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary).