By Sarah MascarenhasThe Post • Jan. 23, 2019 10:18 a.m.
President Donald Trump has been repeatedly critical of his fellow Republicans for their failure to pass a major overhaul of the nation’s intellectual property laws.
But as the White House has sought to craft a legislative framework, some lawmakers are taking a different approach, focusing on how to stop potential damage to the U.S. economy if it comes to pass.
The White House and congressional leaders have been discussing a draft legislative framework for a law that would set new rules for the federal government’s handling of intellectual property and the technology industries.
But the president has said he has no intention of signing it, and it is unclear how far his administration is willing to go to protect American workers and businesses from potential future legal claims.
Congressional Republicans have largely steered clear of the legislative debate over intellectual property, instead focusing their attention on other areas.
And they have focused less on intellectual property than on how the Trump administration is handling the trade war with China.
Some lawmakers are seeking to make sure that any proposed intellectual property overhaul can pass the House.
They say they want to make clear that it is not a new idea.
“This is the first time we’ve had a draft that really is a blueprint,” said Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va.
“The idea is, if you want to change the laws, you have to make changes to the existing laws.”
But it could take weeks, if not months, to reach that goal, and even then, some of the proposed changes are likely to be watered down or rejected by the House Judiciary Committee, which is set to take up the draft bill on Tuesday.
“There are some areas that are really going to be very difficult to achieve,” said Democratic Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania.
“I don’t know if I can get there in time for the vote, but there are certainly some areas where we may need to get closer to the Senate.”
The intellectual property fight is an extension of the broader trade war that has raged for years, but this time the focus is on the technology and financial sectors, rather than traditional industries like agriculture or manufacturing.
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