Issue 89 | June 23, 2003
New Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property
 On�May 20, 2003,�Representatives Robert Wexler (D-FL), Tom Feeney (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Mary Bono (R-CA)�announced the formation of a new�"Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention"�that is intended create a forum for both domestic and international patent, trademark, and copyright issues.� The announcement has already forced Ms. Bono to deny rumors that she has wants to run the music industry's lobbying organization in Washington at the end of her term.

The role of the IP Caucus will be to educate Members of Congress and staff about intellectual property rights, particularly as these rights relate to ever-changing technologies. The Caucus will work and consult with a wide range of experts from the Administration, executive branch, intellectual property holders, and consumer groups in order to facilitate a more informed debate and to foresee future legislative action on intellectual property protection and domestic and international piracy issues. The�Caucus is expected to be officially launched in early June of this year.

A congressional caucus is a group of legislators�seeking to represent a specific interest or influence a particular area of policy.� There are many such groups on Capitol Hill, each with varying degrees of�effectiveness.��As�Declan McCullagh, a Staff Writer for� CNET News.com,� recently�commented,�"It's unclear what immediate effect the caucus will have on new laws aimed at peer-to-peer (P2P) pirates, although one likely outcome is a new focus on what has emerged as a hot topic in the 108th Congress."

To discuss this topic further, please feel free to contact the author, Bill Heinze, at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

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