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H.R.4287: Independent Innovator and Repurposing Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about commerce
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Sponsor Joaquín Castro, D-Texas
Total Cosponsors 1 (All Republicans)
Introduced March 24, 2014
Latest Major Action April 16, 2014
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Bill Summary

Independent Innovator and Repurposing Act - Establishes procedures under which the term of an unexpired patent claiming a method of using a biological product shall be extended for five years from its original expiration date.

Requires an application for such an extension to demonstrate that: (1) the patent was issued to an independent innovator, and (2) the owner of record is the independent innovator or a small business (with fewer than 500 employees and which is not affiliated with the holder of the marketing application approved under licensing requirements of the Public Health Service Act for the commercial marketing of such biological product) in which the independent innovator has an ownership interest.

Defines "independent innovator" as a person or entity that obtains a method of use patent for a biological product and is not, at the time of invention or patent filing, affiliated with the holder of an approved application for the commercial market...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 16, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
March 24, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.