March 05, 2021

Neguse, Smith, Chabot, Cline Launch Bipartisan Congressional IP Caucus

Washington, D.C.—Today, Representatives Joe Neguse (D-CO), Adam Smith (D-WA), Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Ben Cline (R-VA) announced the launch of a bipartisan Congressional Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP) Caucus in the 117th Congress. 

The IP Caucus will serve as an informal group of members dedicated to issues related to intellectual property. The Caucus will work with experts from the Administration, executive branch, intellectual property owners, consumer groups and others in order to facilitate more informed debate and legislative action on sound intellectual property policy and domestic and international piracy issues. 

“Intellectual property is a key driver of our economy and American innovation,” said Congressman Neguse. “Entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country rely on intellectual property to grow their businesses, and we know these businesses are the backbone of our economy. I’m excited to work with the caucus co-chairs in a bipartisan manner to ensure our IP laws incentivize and promote innovation and inclusion.” 

“Intellectual property serves as the foundation for countless businesses and promotes innovation and growth at every level,” said Congressman Cline “I look forward to serving as one of the co-chairs of the bipartisan IP Caucus to help make certain that both the industries that rely on the adequate enforcement of copyrights, patents, and trademarks, as well as the consumers who depend on strong IP protections to ensure that the products they purchase are safe and reliable, have a voice in Congress.”

“We live in a day and age in which intellectual property is, in many cases, the most important asset a business may possess, which is particularly the case for small businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Congressman Chabot.  “Additionally, protection of American intellectual property abroad is oftentimes a critical matter of national security.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on the IP Caucus to pursue policy initiatives in a bipartisan manner that address the wide array of intellectual property challenges we face in the 21st Century and beyond.”

“As we build back our economy and support new and emerging technologies driven by innovation and creativity, intellectual property will continue to play a critical role in sustained job creation and growth,” said Congressman Smith. “Protecting IP is in the interest of U.S. economic growth and employment because it protects the hard work of creators and rewards innovation. We must continue to examine the ways in which we can improve IP protections while balancing the need for growth, cost savings to consumers, and innovation to enact policies that will further American interests and protect the many creators and inventors in our country. I am proud to be a part of this strong and active caucus with my co-chairs and I urge my colleagues to become members of the IP Caucus.”