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IP and Innovation on Capitol Hill: Week of March 4

IP and Innovation on Capitol Hill: Week of March 4

This week on Capitol Hill and the Washington D.C. space, the Supreme Courtroom grants the petition in Iancu v. NantKwest; the U.S. Home of Representatives will maintain a number of hearings on essential subjects in know-how, together with digital well being data modernization for veterans, cybersecurity measures for voting methods and analysis on the nexus between power and water. Home committees may also discover methods to enhance broadband entry for small companies and promote generic competitors to scale back branded pharmaceutical costs. Drug pricing, which frequently includes a concentrate on patents, is the topic of a two-part listening to collection within the U.S. Senate. Different Senate hearings this week will take a look at knowledge breaches within the personal sector and IP points associated to Chinese language commerce. The week is book-ended by a pair of occasions hosted by the Info Know-how & Innovation Basis, together with a Thursday occasion that appears on the impression of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 and controversial calls to implement sure provisions of the regulation to scale back drug costs.

Monday, March four

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Iancu v. NantKwest

The Supreme Courtroom introduced Monday morning that it’ll hear Iancu v. NantKwest Inc., a case that examines whether or not patent candidates interesting an hostile choice on its patent from the USPTO in district courtroom is answerable for the USPTO’s attorneys’ charges. The Query Introduced is: “Whether or not the phrase ‘[a]ll the bills of the proceedings’ in 35 U.S.C. § 145 encompasses the personnel bills the USA Patent and Trademark Workplace incurs when its staff, together with attorneys, defend the company in Part 145 litigation.”

Tuesday, March 5

Info Know-how & Innovation Basis

Taking the Struggle to Clear Power: What the Army’s Funding in Power Innovation for the Warfighter Means for the Remainder of Us

10:00 AM on Tuesday at Suite 610A, 1101 Okay St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005

Annually, the Division of Protection invests $1.6 billion into analysis, improvement, check and analysis actions that take a look at the power wants of items of the nation’s army infrastructure together with photo voltaic drones and tactical microgrids. Whereas some query the relevance of those actions to the civilian sector, these clear power developments may be higher leveraged to scale back carbon emissions. The dialogue panel for this occasion consists of Lee Buchanan, Paladin Capital Group; Jeffrey Marqusee, Senior Analysis Adviser, Nationwide Renewable Power Laboratory; Conner Prochaska, Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the Workplace of Know-how Transitions; and Dorothy Robyn, Senior Fellow, Boston College Institute for Sustainable Power. The moderator for the panel dialogue is David Hart, Senior Fellow, Info Know-how & Innovation Basis.

Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competitors Coverage, and Shopper Rights 

Does America Have a Monopoly Drawback? Analyzing Focus and Competitors within the U.S. Financial system

2:30 PM on Tuesday in 226 Dirksen Senate Workplace Constructing

Final November, the Open Markets Institute launched a report titled America’s Focus Disaster which mentioned monopoly points in 32 industries working within the U.S., together with social networking websites, digital medical data techniques, e-commerce and smartphone working methods. The witness panel for this listening to consists of the Honorable Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Coverage, Goldman Faculty of Public Coverage, College of California at Berkeley; the Honorable Joshua Wright, Professor of Regulation, Government Director of the International Antitrust Institute, Antonin Scalia Regulation Faculty at George Mason College; John Kwoka, Neil F. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Economics, Northeastern College; and A. Douglas Melamed, Professor of the Follow of Regulation, Stanford Regulation Faculty.

Home Committee on Guidelines 

Assembly: H.R.1 – For the Individuals Act of 2019

5:00 PM on Tuesday in H-313 The Capitol

H.R. 1, the For the Individuals Act of 2019was initially launched by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and the invoice has since garnered 236 complete co-sponsors, the one unique co-sponsor being Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Together with provisions on ethics guidelines for public servants and transparency in political funding, the invoice consists of sections on selling voter registration by way of the Web and selling cybersecurity applied sciences for digital voting techniques.

Wednesday, March 6

Senate Particular Committee on Getting old

The Complicated Net of Prescription Drug Costs, Half I: Sufferers Fighting Rising Prices

9:30 AM on Wednesday at 138 Dirksen

This listening to is the primary of a two-part exploration of points associated to prescription drug costs, a debate which has more and more targeted on the influence of patents blocking shopper entry to generics. The witness panel for this listening to consists of Michelle Dehetre, Pam Holt, Donnette Smith, Sheldon Armus, and Barbara Cisek.

Home Subcommittee on Army Development, Veterans Affairs, and Associated Businesses

Digital Well being Document Modernization and Info Know-how Oversight

10:00 AM on Wednesday in 2362-B Rayburn Home Workplace Constructing

The Division of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been within the midst of a 10-year, $16 billion venture meant to modernize the VA’s medical report holding system to allow digital well being data which could be shared rather more shortly with approved medical establishments and personnel than conventional paper data. The witness panel for this listening to consists of James Byrne, Common Counsel, Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of the VA; James Gfrerer, Assistant Secretary for Info and Know-how and Chief Info Officer, VA; and John Windom, Government Director, Workplace of Digital Well being Document Modernization, VA.

Home Committee on Small Enterprise 

Rebuilding America: Small Enterprise Perspective

11:00 AM on Wednesday in 2360 Rayburn

This February, the Small Enterprise Optimism Index launched by the Nationwide Federation of Unbiased Enterprise confirmed that optimism in U.S. small enterprise dropped to its lowest ranges since November 2016 due partially to fears of recession. This listening to will discover how upgrades to the nation’s infrastructure, together with its broadband Web system, can profit American small companies. The witness panel for this listening to consists of Terri Williams, Director, SDBC Procurement Technical Help Middle, College of Texas at San Antonio; Tim Donovan, Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Aggressive Carriers Affiliation; Rosaline Bougher, President, A.D. Marble, testifying on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Corporations; and the Honorable Kris Knochelmann, Decide Government, President, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

Home Committee on Science, Area, and Know-how 

Sustaining U.S. Management in Science and Know-how

2:00 PM on Wednesday in 2318 Rayburn

Final January, the Nationwide Science Basis launched a Science and Engineering Indicators report which confirmed that, whereas the U.S. was the chief in science and know-how actions across the globe, different nations together with China have been grabbing a bigger share of these actions and shutting the hole between them and the U.S. The witness panel for this listening to consists of Dr. Marcia McNutt, President of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences; Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor of the College of Pittsburgh; and Dr. Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer at PepsiCo.

Thursday, March 7

Senate Particular Committee on Ageing

The Complicated Net of Prescription Drug Costs, Half II: Untangling the Net and Paths Ahead

10:00 AM on Thursday in 138 Dirksen

That is the second a part of the two-part listening to collection on the Senate Particular Committee on Ageing which can take a look at points associated to prescription drug costs. The witness panel for this listening to consists of Lisa Gill, Deputy Editor, Particular Tasks, Shopper Stories; Pooja Babbrah, Apply Lead, Level-of-Care Companions; Dr. Stacie Dusetzina, Affiliate Professor, Well being Coverage, Vanderbilt College Medical Middle; and Jane Horvath, Principal, Horvath Well being Coverage.

Home Subcommittee on Well being

Selling Competitors to Decrease Medicare Drug Costs

10:00 AM on Thursday in 1100 Longworth Home Workplace Constructing

The excessive worth of prescription drugs for each America’s shoppers and the nation’s Medicare system has been a subject of debate for years; in current months, policymakers within the nation’s capital have more and more turned in the direction of the topic of eliminating drug patents to advertise entry to generics and scale back drug costs. The witness panel for this listening to consists of Robin Feldman, Director of the Institute for Innovation Regulation, UC Hastings Faculty of Regulation; Ameet Sarpatwari, Assistant Director of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Regulation, Harvard Medical Faculty; Amy Kapczynski, Co-Director of the International Well being Justice Partnership, Yale Regulation Faculty; Frederick Isasi, Government Director, Households USA; and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, American Motion Discussion board.

Home Subcommittee on Power 

The Power Water Nexus: Drier Watts and Cheaper Drops

10:00 AM on Thursday in 2318 Rayburn

The infrastructure for the power and water techniques of the USA are very interconnected—power is used to deal with and ship water whereas water is used to chill thermoelectric crops and develop crops. Final December, the Division of Power introduced a $100 million challenge to determine an Power-Water Desalination Hub which can look at sure points associated to the nexus between power and water. The witness panel for this listening to consists of Dr. Vincent Tidwell, Distinguished Member of the Technical Employees, Sandia Nationwide Laboratories; Kate Zerrenner, Senior Supervisor, Environmental Protection Fund; Dr. Richard Bonner, VP of R&D, Superior Cooling Applied sciences Inc.; Dr. Raman Singh, Affiliate Dean for Engineering at OSU-Tulsa, Professor and Head, Faculty of Supplies, Science and Engineering, Oklahoma State College; and Dr. Michael Webber, Chief Science and Know-how Officer at ENGIE, Professor at UT Austin.

Senate Subcommittee on Safety 

China: Challenges for U.S. Commerce

10:00 AM on Thursday in 562 Dirksen

The heightened commerce tensions between the U.S. and China have targeted an amazing deal on the impression to safety that China’s actions have on the American market. This listening to will take a look at challenges to American mental property together with manufacturing competitiveness knowledge localization necessities, standards-setting and cybersecurity threats. The witness panel for this listening to consists of the Honorable Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director, Belfer Middle for Science and Worldwide Affairs, Harvard Kennedy Faculty; Jonathan Kallmer, Government Vice President of Coverage, Info Know-how Business Council; Daniel Rosen, Companion, Rhodium Group; and Samm Sacks, Cybersecurity Coverage Fellow and China Digital Financial system Fellow, New America.

Senate Everlasting Subcommittee on Investigations

Analyzing Personal Sector Knowledge Breaches

10:00 AM on Thursday in 106 Dirksen

In recent times, main knowledge breaches at personal sector companies like Marriott, Equifax, ebay, Yahoo and Goal Shops have compromised private info together with bank card information, e-mail addresses and driver license numbers for a whole lot of tens of millions of Web shoppers. There isn’t a witness panel introduced for this listening to.

Info Know-how & Innovation Basis

Preserving Bayh-Dole – the “Impressed” Regulation That Underpins U.S. Management in Life-Sciences Innovation

12:00 PM on Thursday in Room HVC-200, U.S. Capitol Customer Middle

Since its enactment in 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act has performed an important position in enabling the commercialization of discoveries stemming from federally-funded scientific analysis, fueling America’s rise as the worldwide chief in life-sciences innovation. Nevertheless, there have been rising calls on the U.S. authorities to train “march in” rights beneath Bayh-Dole as a part of efforts to regulate drug pricing on this nation even if such an train would hurt analysis universities and restrict additional innovation. A keynote tackle at this occasion shall be given by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). A panel dialogue at this occasion will contain Stephen Ezell, Vice President, International Innovation Coverage, Info Know-how & Innovation Basis; Joseph Allen, President, Allen & Associates, Inc.; Melissa Model, Affiliate Counsel and Director for Mental Property Coverage, Biotechnology Innovation Group (BIO); and Steve Susalka, CEO, Affiliation of College Know-how Managers.



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