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Help Congress Make Better Decisions on IP and Licensing Issues, Help Build the Congressional Inventions Caucus  
 
By James Edwards
(CEO, ELITE Strategic Services)

Encourage your U.S. senators and congressmen to stay informed on licensing and IP issues by joining the Congressional Inventions Caucus

Most lawmakers and legislative staff have little background in licensing, IP, or other underlying matters. Yet, they make policy decisions that affect our nation’s innovation ecosystem and the livelihoods of everyone involved with IP. One caucus improves Congress’ understanding of how policy proposals fit into the real world of invention and intellectual property.

The bipartisan Congressional Inventions Caucus was formed to educate Members of Congress and their staff about invention, IP, and commercialization. Cochaired by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), the CIC informs lawmakers about invention, inventors, and related aspects such as legal, financial, business, and strategic issues involved in moving from idea through to commercialization. The Congressional Inventions Caucus takes no position on legislation.

Recruiting your Members of Congress to the Congressional Inventions Caucus is easy:

  • Contact your two Senators and Representative (find them here and here or call 202-224-3121 for the U.S. Senate switchboard or 202-225-3121 for the U.S. House operator).
  • Tell the staff member you are a constituent, where you live, and why the Member needs to have a greater understanding of invention, patents, IP as an asset, etc.
  • Ask that the Member join the Congressional Inventions Caucus ("Talking Points" below)
  • Tell them how to join the Congressional Inventions Caucus (co-chair staff contacts are: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)/Drew Holden; Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.)/Diana Konate; Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)/Shelby Boxenbaum; Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)/Joshua Sizemore).
  • Follow up with a written communication (letter, e-mail, fax). Use the sample letter below.

Talking Points

  • Members routinely cast votes on patent legislation and other issues that have a big impact on turning discoveries into useful products. There are complicated underlying matters such as patents, licensing, investor assessment of a company’s patent portfolio, commercialization, and technology transfer. No one should legislate blindly.
  • The Congressional Inventions Caucus was formed to help Members learn about these complex matters. That way, they will better understand how legislation is likely to affect America’s innovation ecosystem—for better or for worse.
  • The Congressional Inventions Caucus is bipartisan and bicameral. Its purpose is educational only, and it does not take a position on legislation. 
  • To join, contact one of the cochairs—Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), or Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.).

Sample Letter

Dear [MEMBER]:

I live in your [state/district] and work in patent licensing, which involves commercializing inventions for practical sale and use, which benefits our state’s and nation’s economies, the U.S. workforce, consumers, inventors, and society in general.

I fear most lawmakers and legislative staff have little background in patent licensing, intellectual property, and related matters. Yet, they must make policy decisions that affect our innovation ecosystem and the livelihoods of everyone involved with commercializing IP. That is why I urge you to join the Congressional Inventions Caucus, which improves Congress’ understanding of how policy proposals affect the real world of invention and intellectual property.

The bipartisan Congressional Inventions Caucus was formed to educate Members of Congress and their staff about invention, IP, and commercialization. Cochaired by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), the Congressional Inventions Caucus informs lawmakers about invention, inventors, and related aspects such as legal, financial, business, and strategic issues involved in moving from idea to commercialization. The Congressional Inventions Caucus takes no position on legislation.

I urge you to join the Congressional Inventions Caucus today. Please contact one of the co-chairs and tell them you will join the Congressional Inventions Caucus. I am confident that you and your staff will benefit greatly from being a member of the Congressional Inventions Caucus and learning through it more about how ideas and discoveries become new technology, new machines, new devices, new tools, new software applications, new medicines, and more. Thank you!

Please contact your Senators and Representative today about the Congressional Inventions Caucus!

This article is for informational purposes and does not constitute professional advice. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of LES (U.S.A. and Canada) or Elite Strategic Services.