H.Res. 1208: Supporting the goals of World Intellectual Property Day

H.Res. 1208

Supporting the goals of World Intellectual Property Day

Sponsor
Rep. Adam Smith

Date
April 27, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 1208 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) on March 23, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 1208 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Supports the goals of World Intellectual Property Day to promote, inform, and teach the importance of intellectual property as a tool for economic, social, and cultural development;
• "Recognizes the ever-increasing importance of intellectual property and the new challenges and serious threats to its protection, which affect prospects for future growth of the United States economy;
• "Supports robust and ongoing efforts to protect the health and well-being of citizens in the United States from fraudulent and illegal counterfeiting and piracy;
• "Congratulates the World Intellectual Property Organization for building awareness of the value of intellectual property and developing the necessary infrastructure to help citizens take full advantage of their own creativity; and
• "Applauds the ongoing contributions of human creativity and intellectual property to growth and innovation and for the key role they play in promoting and ensuring a brighter and stronger future for the United States and the world."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, April 26, 2010, has been designated as World Intellectual Property Day, a time to celebrate the importance of intellectual property to the United States and the world.