On May 9, 2012 the Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing of the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) with Victoria Espinel as the sole witness. This position coordinates the work done by different government agencies to combat intellectual property theft. The May 9 hearing was the committee’s third oversight hearing on IP enforcement. The hearing was nothing to write home about, which was unfortunate for a few reasons. First of all, it was primarily a Democratic Senatorial event. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the committee’s Ranking Member was the only Republican senator present, and he left after his opening statement. The other senators present apart from Grassley and Chairman Leahy (D-VT) were retiring Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Al Franken (D-MN), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Second, the two stars of the show were counterfeit pharmaceuticals and China.
Posts by Martyn Griffen:
The House Judiciary Committee hearing to discuss to the hotly debated H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was flawed on so many levels. Even watching the hearing online was flawed, which is ironic because you would think it would be easy to obtain a legally accessible, good quality video stream on a hearing about online piracy. Once you were finally able to view the hearing, you realized the whole thing was a setup.
As America returns to work from the Labor Day weekend and as our country faces an uncertain forecast on jobs for the unemployed, the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) lawsuit to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger was welcome news given that an estimated 20,000 Americans would lose their jobs if it was approved.