Hatch

Morning Business

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each.
  • At 5:00 p.m, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and begin consideration of Executive Calendar #570, Andrei Iancu, of California, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, with thirty minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form.
  • At 5:30 p.m, the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #570, Andrei Iancu, of California, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

Senator Hatch: (3:14 p.m)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrei Iancu to be Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
    • "I was gratified to see the Supreme Court last year strike a blow against abusive shopping in the T.C Hartman decision. In my remaining months in this body, I intend to continue ahead full bore on intellectual property reform. Digital music licensing royalties and are just a few of my intellectual property priorities this year. Given my focus, I take a keen interest in the Patent Trademark Act in our office and in the individual selected to run the office. I have to say I couldn't be more pleased by President Trump's nomination of Andre Iancu to be the next U.S P.T.O director."