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LATEST PROJECTS

“True liberty, by protecting the exertions of talents and industry, and securing to them their justly acquired fruits, tends more powerfully than any other cause to augment the mass of national wealth.”

— Alexander Hamilton, Defense of the Funding System

STATEMENT

Sackett v. EPA

The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Mike and Chantell Sackett and against EPA’s overbroad construal of the Clean Water Act’s reach over dry parcels of land disconnected from an actual body of water is a victory for property rights. This further reins in an executive agency’s latitude to interpret statutes outside of what the law actually says.

COMMENT LETTER

USITC TRIPS Investigation

CPR regards the proposed expansion of the TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics as only heightening the dangers to future biomedical innovation, which depends heavily on secure, reliable IP to spur innovation and foster collaboration.

STATEMENT
SMART Act

The misnamed "SMART Act" contains detritus from the also misnamed ‘Inflation Reduction

Act’s’ cutting room floor. More socialism isn’t smart, just hubristic.

STATEMENT
Limit, Save, Grow Act

Each of the provisions of the Limit, Save, Grow Act serves private property rights in its own way. The productive citizens of the United States aren't an ATM for spendthrift politicians. This bill is a great first step toward limiting government and putting it on a diet. 

COALITION LETTER
Death Tax Repeal Act

Repealing the death tax would spur job creation and grow the economy. Many studies have quantified the potential job growth that would result from estate tax repeal. Last year the Tax Foundation found that the US could create over 150,000 jobs by repealing the estate tax. A 2012 study by the House Joint Economic Committee found that the death tax has destroyed over $1.1 trillion of capital in the US economy – loss of small business capital means fewer jobs and lower wages

STATEMENT
Lower Energy Costs Act

Conservatives for Property Rights wholeheartedly supports the Lower Energy Costs Act. We applaud House Republicans’ leadership on taking advantage of the vast blessings of natural resources our country has in abundance. It’s foolish—indeed, dangerous—to leave these resources untapped.

STATEMENT
U.S. Senate HELP Committee

Without the elements of the U.S. innovation ecosystem, there would be little if any invention, little if any private investment in innovative startup companies and early-stage enterprises, and few if any cutting-edge inventions that improve the lives, health, and living standards for the citizens of our nation and humanity beyond.

LETTER
QALY Ban

Though the U.S. health system remains one of the most free-enterprise health systems in the world, elements of government-run health systems have entered our system. Budget- focused government bureaucrats in socialized health systems use cruel tools such as QALYs to rationalize denying needed medical treatment to those patients in the most need.

COMMENT LETTER
Initiatives to Ensure the Robustness and Reliability of Patent Rights

There are dangers in breathing unproven antitrust theory into patent policy. Neo- Brandeisian antitrust proponents have serious difficulty coming to grips with the fact that patent exclusivity is the lifeblood of invention; the essence of robust, reliable patent rights; the key to commercialization of patented inventions; and the foundation of dynamic competition.

COALITION LETTER
Support WOTUS Rule CRA

Our coalition commends H.J.Res. 27 for prioritizing the restoration of the pre-2015 interpretation of the Clean Water Act. Under the Biden WOTUS rule like its Obama predecessor, more than 60 percent of the nation’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands could be swept into federal jurisdiction supposedly as “navigable waters.”

COALITION LETTER
Support the Braun/Barr CRA Resolution on ESG

A pernicious practice known as Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing has emerged over the past several decades. Rather than prioritize the financial well-being and stability of retirees, ESG seeks to advance ideological goals related to environmental policy and other divisive subjects. 

COMMENT LETTER
Regarding Joint USPTO–FDA Collaboration Initiatives

The consequences of the Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) getting it wrong here will profoundly jeopardize the health and lives of millions of suffering patients in the United States and around the world.

COALITION LETTER
Interagency Patent Coordination

The Interagency Patent Coordination and Improvement Act, would unduly expand PTO’s and FDA’s missions; undermine technological neutrality, a core quality of the U.S. patent system; risk disclosing confidential and proprietary information; and hamper U.S. innovation.

AMICUS BRIEF
Samsung Electronics v. Netlist

Samsung petitioned IPR proceedings at the request of Google, a time-barred real party in interest that failed multiple tries to invalidate the challenged claim. PTAB granted IPR, ignoring the Federal Circuit's In re Vivint and its own precedential General Plastic test.

AMICUS BRIEF
Centripetal Networks v. Cisco

IP rights only work when they can be enforced through judicial process with meaningful remedy. The appellate ruling undermines confidence in the judicial process and harms innovators that confront willful infringement committed by larger competitors.

COMMENT LETTER
101 Guidance Review

PTO's fresh look at the patent eligibility guidance should expand its usage, including for training, in ways PTO clearly has the latitude to pursue. Such an effort would help broaden understanding within PTO and PTAB and of other officials and stakeholders.

COALITION LETTER
Oppo to 30X30 Land Plan

The federal government already own’s 27% of America’s land mass. 30X30 targets massive amounts of privately owned land for government control as well as eliminating natural resource production on public lands.

AMICUS BRIEF
OpenSky, Intel, & PQA v. VLSI at PTAB

It should be a “red flag” suggestive of abuse when a petitioner would not otherwise have Article III standing in court; when a petitioner seeks to undue an existing district court judgment, where the patent has already survived examination in court; when the apparent motive of the PTAB challenge is to impose cost and burden for litigation leverage.

COALITION LETTER
Antitrust Bills’ Harm

Shifting the focus of antitrust law away from helping consumers and toward bolstering competitors would hinder economic growth and undermine decades of antitrust precedent. Moreover, they offer no solution to broader concerns about technology and privacy.

COALITION LETTER
Opposition to S. 2992

Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s antitrust bill, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, gives the Biden administration vast new regulatory authority over American businesses, fails to address conservative censorship concerns and would make inflation worse for American families.

STATEMENT
Senate PDUFA Should Drop Dangerous Drug Importation

Drug importation is inherently high-risk.  No HHS secretary, Republican or Democratic, from 1987 until 2020 dared to deem importation as safe for patients or significantly cost-saving for U.S. consumers.  Nothing’s changed.  Drug importation risks harm from adulterated or counterfeit pharmaceuticals.

STATEMENT
Senate and House Hearings on PTAB

PTAB endangers America’s inventors whose commercial success is vital to our global leadership in innovation. Beleaguered inventors face tremendous threats, due to PTAB and its most frequent users, Big Tech and Chinese national champions.

AMICUS BRIEF
Palo Alto Networks v. Centripetal Networks

CPR strongly supports Centripetal Networks’s request for rehearing and POP review of the decision instituting IPR. Centripetal won in Article III court. Palo Alto is gaming the system to get leverage in separate litigation involving different patents.

STATEMENT
CPR Applauds RSC’s FY23 Budget

The Republican Study Committee FY 2023 budget would repair America’s fiscal foundation and empower people. It’s a brilliant blueprint for addressing America’s urgent problems.

COALITION LETTER
80 Conservatives Oppose 95% Rx Tax

In a time of inflation levels not seen in decades, the last thing Americans need is a 95% tax that would nearly double the price of the prescription medicines they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives. A price control to avoid the tax isn’t a better option.

COALITION LETTER
ATR-Led Oppo to TRIPS Waiver on American Innovation

Waiving TRIPS would allow foreign countries to immediately seize patents and clinical data of American businesses in order to attempt to produce COVID-19 vaccines. This would give foreign countries access to sensitive, valuable proprietary information belonging to American businesses.

AMICUS BRIEF
CPR Joins Amicus Brief in Sackett v. EPA

Amici urge the Supreme Court to adopt a "continuous surface connection" standard in WOTUS wetlands cases under the Clean Water Act. This will reduce regulatory takings and Fifth Amendment violations.

LETTER
CPR Support for S. 3772 to Stop Chinese Courts

The Defending American Courts Act ensures that intellectual property owners have access to U.S. courts and can exercise their American IP rights.  S. 3772 would constrain the use of a disturbing, growing practice of certain foreign courts, particularly in China.

COALITION LETTER
Opposition to Misuse of Bayh-Dole March-In

Some 31 signers from 29 center-right groups urge HHS to ignore calls and petitions asking HHS to deliberately twist the plain meaning of the bipartisan Bayh-Dole Act in ways that would decimate technological and medical progress.

LETTER
Comments on Draft SEP Policy Statement

DOJ's draft statement on standards-essential patents falls short of achieving the proper balance, neutrality, and respect for both innovators and implementers in their complementary roles related to innovation, SEPs, and licensing. 

LETTER
Budget Reconciliation & Inflation

H.R. 5376 will worsen the hidden "tax" of inflation, already reaching the highest level in 30 years.  Inflationary pressures will stem from the climate provisions, adverse effects on our mature domestic energy industry, government price controls that will stifle U.S. innovation and competitiveness, and massive new government spending.

COALITION LETTER
Opposition to Budget Reconciliation Tax Schemes

CPR joined 112 family business advocates urging congressional tax writers not to tax "phantom [capital] gains in any form, whether through unrealized gains at death or through the recently released mark-to-market approach."

LETTER
The Restoring America's Leadership in Innovation Act

H.R. 5874, the Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act, would strengthen private property rights in one’s inventions and discoveries. The bill would go a long way toward reversing the antipatent onslaught of recent years. RALIA would counter the sustained assault by courts, Congress, the Administrative State, and patent-infringer interests.

STATEMENT
Support for RSC's Countering Communist China Act

The Republican Study Committee has crafted effective legislation in the Countering Communist China Act. Its comprehensive approach reflects the fact that America’s industrial competitiveness is at stake when adversaries can freely break the rules, conduct espionage and plunder American private property — especially patents and other IP.

VIDEO

CPR Briefing on Property Rights

This webinar, hosted by Conservatives for Property Rights, highlights how ownership rights relate to private property of every type. Keynote Speaker: Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), House Chairman, Congressional Western Caucus.

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CPAC panel on patent property rights with, L-R, CPR Executive Director Jim Edwards, CPR member-Tea Party Patriots' Jenny Beth Martin and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu.

Statements of Principles

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