Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New House Judiciary Chaiman Smith vows to protect IP

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), currently the ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, announced today that he will serve as chairman in the next Congress. And he made clear that he will continue the committee's strong support for intellectual property rights:
As Chairman of the Committee, I will focus on efforts to strengthen national security, protect intellectual property, prevent frivolous lawsuits and keep children safe from Internet sex predators. The Judiciary Committee will support industries that employ millions of Americans by protecting their patents and copyrights.
(h/t TechDailyDose)


  1. From my perspective, the simultaneous objectives of "protect intellectual property" and "prevent frivolous lawsuits" may work at cross-purposes. Eric.

  2. Mr. Goldman,

    Surely you are not suggesting that "frivolity" makes up more than a very small percentage of lawsuits seeking to enforce such rights.

  3. Interesting... Lamar is paid $79K from the movie, entertainment industry to strengthen copyright.

  4. Anonymous 12/8/10 11:21

    Perhaps you can point to the portion of his statement where he said he was going to "strengthen copyright." Or were you just making that up to suit your agenda?

    According to, retired people gave him more than $80,000. Will you similarly argue that he'll "strengthen old people benefits" as a result of being bought and paid for by that group too?

  5. Also encouraging: the news that the House Judiciary Committee is forming an IP subcommittee that is purportedly prioritizing patent reform. Though it's questionable as to whether this (or anything) will lead to much-needed reform, nevertheless the Obama administration's continued efforts on behalf of intellectual property are very much welcomed.


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