H.R. 628 - To Establish a Pilot Program in Certain United States District Courts to Encourage Enhancement of Expertise in Patent Cases Among District Judges.

intellectual property, patent reform, pilot program, patent litigation, technology, - Law. 111th Congress (2009-2010) View bill details
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To establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has become law. 
Amendments:
1 proposed amendment. 1 accepted. View amendments 
Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED by voice vote on December 13, 2010.

To Establish a Pilot Program in Certain United States District Courts to Encourage Enhancement of Expertise in Patent Cases Among District Judges.

H.R. 628 — 111th Congress (2009–2010)

Keywords
intellectual property, patent reform, pilot program, patent litigation, technology,
Summary
To establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges. (by CRS)
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Title
To establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges.
Other Titles
    Sponsor
    Darrell Issa
    Co-Sponsors
    Subjects
    • Law
    • Federal district courts
    • Horticulture and plants
    • Intellectual property
    • Judges
    Related Bills
    Major Actions
    Introduced1/22/2009
    Referred to Committee
    Amendments (1 proposed)
    Passed House3/17/2009
    Passed Senate12/13/2010
    Passed House12/17/2010
    Signed by President1/04/2011
    Bill History
    Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
    select this voteHouseOn Passage - House - H.R. 628 To establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges - Under Suspension of the Rules3/17/2009This bill PASSED the House
    409 voted YES 7 voted NO 15 voted present/not voting
    currently selectedSenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.12/13/2010PASSED by voice vote
    select this voteSenateAmendment SA 4801 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.12/13/2010PASSED by voice vote
    select this voteHouseOn Motion to Suspend the Rules and Concur in the Senate Amendment: H.R. 628 An act to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges12/17/2010This bill PASSED the House
    371 voted YES 1 voted NO 61 voted present/not voting
    ActionDateDescription
    Introduced1/22/2009
    1/22/2009Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
    3/17/2009Mr. Johnson (GA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
    3/17/2009Considered under suspension of the rules.
    3/17/2009DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 628.
    3/17/2009At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Issa objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was withdrawn.
    3/17/2009Considered as unfinished business.
    3/17/2009Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
    select this voteHouse Vote on Passage3/17/2009On Passage - House - H.R. 628 To establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges - Under Suspension of the Rules
    3/18/2009Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
    12/13/2010Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.
    12/13/2010Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
    currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage12/13/2010Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
    12/13/2010Amendment SA 4801 proposed by Senator Durbin for Senator Leahy.
    select this voteVote12/13/2010Amendment SA 4801 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
    12/14/2010Message on Senate action sent to the House.
    12/16/2010Ms. Chu moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
    12/16/2010DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the Senate amendment to H.R. 628.
    12/16/2010At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Ms. Chu objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was withdrawn.
    Presented to President12/17/2010Cleared for White House.
    12/17/2010Considered as unfinished business.
    12/17/2010Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
    select this voteHouse Vote on Passage12/17/2010On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Concur in the Senate Amendment: H.R. 628 An act to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges
    Presented to President12/28/2010Presented to President.
    Signed1/04/2011Signed by President.
    Enacted1/04/2011Became Public Law No: 111-349.
    NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
    select this voteS. Amdt. 4801Leahy, Patrick [D-VT]December 13, 2010Passed by voice vote on December 12, 2010.

    In the nature of a substitute.

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    Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

    $339,053
    $66,591,817
    $66,930,870
    $0
    2 Organizations Supported and 0 Opposed; See Which Ones

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    To Establish a Pilot Program in Certain United States District Courts to Encourage Enhancement of Expertise in Patent Cases Among District Judges.: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

    2 organizations supported this bill

    American Intellectual Property Law Association
    American Intellectual Property Law Association (2009, February 25). Dear Congressman Issa:. Retrieved April 2, 2009, from American Intellectual Property Law Association.
    Intellectual Property Owners Association
    Intellectual Property Owners Association (2009, January 22). Bills introduced in the House. Retrieved April 2, 2009, from Intellectual Property Owners Association.

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    Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2010.
    Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

    Contributions by Legislator

    Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Vote
    Daniel K. AkakaDHI$136,000$0Yes
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$368,600$0Yes
    John BarrassoRWY$52,257$0Yes
    Max BaucusDMT$647,161$0Yes
    Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$972,553$0Yes
    Mark BegichDAK$400,766$0Yes
    Michael BennetDCO$1,183,261$0Yes
    Bob BennettRUT$129,400$0Yes
    Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$407,450$0Yes
    Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$65,250$0Yes
    Barbara BoxerDCA$1,723,377$0Yes
    Scott BrownRMA$388,998$0Yes
    Sherrod BrownDOH$1,376,324$0Yes
    Sam BrownbackRKS$16,340$0Yes
    Jim BunningRKY$35,150$0Yes
    Richard BurrRNC$461,108$0Yes
    Maria CantwellDWA$1,035,821$0Yes
    Ben CardinDMD$965,530$0Yes
    Tom CarperDDE$332,721$0Yes
    Bob CaseyDPA$3,636,424$0Yes
    Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$657,035$0Yes
    Tom CoburnROK$95,439$0Yes
    William Thad CochranRMS$203,264$0Yes
    Susan CollinsRME$439,880$0Yes
    Gaylord Kent ConradDND$436,503$0Yes
    Chris CoonsDDE$492,997$0Yes
    Bob CorkerRTN$576,209$0Yes
    John CornynRTX$1,231,233$0Yes
    Mike CrapoRID$144,215$0Yes
    Jim DeMintRSC$325,463$0Yes
    Chris DoddDCT$653,876$0Yes
    Byron DorganDND$234,273$0Yes
    Dick DurbinDIL$1,675,346$0Yes
    John EnsignRNV$222,813$0Yes
    Mike EnziRWY$51,001$0Yes
    Russ FeingoldDWI$865,593$0Yes
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$579,498$0Yes
    Alan FrankenDMN$937,546$0Yes
    Kirsten GillibrandDNY$2,631,060$0Yes
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$947,397$0Yes
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$216,038$0Yes
    Judd GreggRNH$5,750$0Yes
    Kay HaganDNC$381,075$0Yes
    Tom HarkinDIA$568,207$0Yes
    Orrin HatchRUT$459,469$0Yes
    Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$512,335$0Yes
    Jim InhofeROK$161,368$0Yes
    Dan InouyeDHI$314,460$0Yes
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$423,007$0Yes
    Mike JohannsRNE$150,949$0Yes
    Tim JohnsonDSD$237,947$0Yes
    John KerryDMA$613,867$0Yes
    Mark KirkRIL$957,606$0Yes
    Amy KlobucharDMN$1,162,340$0Yes
    Herb KohlDWI$500$0Yes
    Jon KylRAZ$704,574$0Yes
    Mary LandrieuDLA$1,323,596$0Yes
    Frank LautenbergDNJ$774,332$0Yes
    George LeMieuxRFL$0$0Yes
    Patrick LeahyDVT$550,919$0Yes
    Carl LevinDMI$674,076$0Yes
    Joe LiebermanICT$1,082,656$0Yes
    Blanche LincolnDAR$576,758$0Yes
    Dick LugarRIN$246,390$0Yes
    Joe ManchinDWV$359,753$0Yes
    John McCainRAZ$272,806$0Yes
    Claire McCaskillDMO$1,547,353$0Yes
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$877,433$0Yes
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,840,386$0Yes
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$457,424$0Yes
    Barbara MikulskiDMD$276,141$0Yes
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$176,472$0Yes
    Patty MurrayDWA$758,846$0Yes
    Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$466,657$0Yes
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$2,435,490$0Yes
    Mark PryorDAR$617,851$0Yes
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$365,603$0Yes
    Harry ReidDNV$2,887,807$0Yes
    Jim RischRID$50,950$0Yes
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$205,603$0Yes
    John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$677,074$0Yes
    Bernie SandersIVT$112,449$0Yes
    Chuck SchumerDNY$1,774,539$0Yes
    Jeff SessionsRAL$353,239$0Yes
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$497,000$0Yes
    Richard ShelbyRAL$327,050$0Yes
    Olympia SnoweRME$148,685$0Yes
    Arlen SpecterDPA$1,690,368$0Yes
    Debbie StabenowDMI$1,087,265$0Yes
    Jon TesterDMT$541,692$0Yes
    John ThuneRSD$234,653$0Yes
    Mark UdallDCO$972,395$0Yes
    Tom UdallDNM$741,755$0Yes
    David VitterRLA$450,834$0Yes
    George VoinovichROH$143,140$0Yes
    Mark WarnerDVA$1,387,599$0Yes
    Jim WebbDVA$568,229$0Yes
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$881,338$0Yes
    Roger WickerRMS$414,523$0Yes
    Ron WydenDOR$497,117$0Yes

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    NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Vote
    Daniel K. AkakaDHI$136,000$0Yes
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$368,600$0Yes
    John BarrassoRWY$52,257$0Yes
    Max BaucusDMT$647,161$0Yes
    Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$972,553$0Yes
    Mark BegichDAK$400,766$0Yes
    Michael BennetDCO$1,183,261$0Yes
    Bob BennettRUT$129,400$0Yes
    Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$407,450$0Yes
    Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$65,250$0Yes
    Barbara BoxerDCA$1,723,377$0Yes
    Scott BrownRMA$388,998$0Yes
    Sherrod BrownDOH$1,376,324$0Yes
    Sam BrownbackRKS$16,340$0Yes
    Jim BunningRKY$35,150$0Yes
    Richard BurrRNC$461,108$0Yes
    Maria CantwellDWA$1,035,821$0Yes
    Ben CardinDMD$965,530$0Yes
    Tom CarperDDE$332,721$0Yes
    Bob CaseyDPA$3,636,424$0Yes
    Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$657,035$0Yes
    Tom CoburnROK$95,439$0Yes
    William Thad CochranRMS$203,264$0Yes
    Susan CollinsRME$439,880$0Yes
    Gaylord Kent ConradDND$436,503$0Yes
    Chris CoonsDDE$492,997$0Yes
    Bob CorkerRTN$576,209$0Yes
    John CornynRTX$1,231,233$0Yes
    Mike CrapoRID$144,215$0Yes
    Jim DeMintRSC$325,463$0Yes
    Chris DoddDCT$653,876$0Yes
    Byron DorganDND$234,273$0Yes
    Dick DurbinDIL$1,675,346$0Yes
    John EnsignRNV$222,813$0Yes
    Mike EnziRWY$51,001$0Yes
    Russ FeingoldDWI$865,593$0Yes
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$579,498$0Yes
    Alan FrankenDMN$937,546$0Yes
    Kirsten GillibrandDNY$2,631,060$0Yes
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$947,397$0Yes
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$216,038$0Yes
    Judd GreggRNH$5,750$0Yes
    Kay HaganDNC$381,075$0Yes
    Tom HarkinDIA$568,207$0Yes
    Orrin HatchRUT$459,469$0Yes
    Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$512,335$0Yes
    Jim InhofeROK$161,368$0Yes
    Dan InouyeDHI$314,460$0Yes
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$423,007$0Yes
    Mike JohannsRNE$150,949$0Yes
    Tim JohnsonDSD$237,947$0Yes
    John KerryDMA$613,867$0Yes
    Mark KirkRIL$957,606$0Yes
    Amy KlobucharDMN$1,162,340$0Yes
    Herb KohlDWI$500$0Yes
    Jon KylRAZ$704,574$0Yes
    Mary LandrieuDLA$1,323,596$0Yes
    Frank LautenbergDNJ$774,332$0Yes
    George LeMieuxRFL$0$0Yes
    Patrick LeahyDVT$550,919$0Yes
    Carl LevinDMI$674,076$0Yes
    Joe LiebermanICT$1,082,656$0Yes
    Blanche LincolnDAR$576,758$0Yes
    Dick LugarRIN$246,390$0Yes
    Joe ManchinDWV$359,753$0Yes
    John McCainRAZ$272,806$0Yes
    Claire McCaskillDMO$1,547,353$0Yes
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$877,433$0Yes
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,840,386$0Yes
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$457,424$0Yes
    Barbara MikulskiDMD$276,141$0Yes
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$176,472$0Yes
    Patty MurrayDWA$758,846$0Yes
    Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$466,657$0Yes
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$2,435,490$0Yes
    Mark PryorDAR$617,851$0Yes
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$365,603$0Yes
    Harry ReidDNV$2,887,807$0Yes
    Jim RischRID$50,950$0Yes
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$205,603$0Yes
    John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$677,074$0Yes
    Bernie SandersIVT$112,449$0Yes
    Chuck SchumerDNY$1,774,539$0Yes
    Jeff SessionsRAL$353,239$0Yes
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$497,000$0Yes
    Richard ShelbyRAL$327,050$0Yes
    Olympia SnoweRME$148,685$0Yes
    Arlen SpecterDPA$1,690,368$0Yes
    Debbie StabenowDMI$1,087,265$0Yes
    Jon TesterDMT$541,692$0Yes
    John ThuneRSD$234,653$0Yes
    Mark UdallDCO$972,395$0Yes
    Tom UdallDNM$741,755$0Yes
    David VitterRLA$450,834$0Yes
    George VoinovichROH$143,140$0Yes
    Mark WarnerDVA$1,387,599$0Yes
    Jim WebbDVA$568,229$0Yes
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$881,338$0Yes
    Roger WickerRMS$414,523$0Yes
    Ron WydenDOR$497,117$0Yes

    Interest Groups that supported this bill

    $ Donated
    Attorneys & law firms$66,591,817
    General business associations$339,053

    Interest Groups that opposed this bill

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