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S. 1137 - Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act of 2015

Commerce. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to amend title 35, United States Code, and the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to make improvements and technical corrections, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has passed through committee and has been put on a legislative calendar. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act of 2015

S. 1137 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to amend title 35, United States Code, and the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to make improvements and technical corrections, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend title 35, United States Code, and the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to make improvements and technical corrections, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • PATENT Act
  • Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015
  • PATENT Act
  • Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015
  • Patents for Humanity Program Improvement Act
  • PATENT Act
Sponsor
Chuck Grassley
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Commerce
  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Evidence and witnesses
  • Government information and archives
  • Intellectual property
  • Judicial procedure and administration
  • Legal fees and court costs
  • Licensing and registrations
  • Manufacturing
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced4/29/2015
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced4/29/2015
4/29/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
4/29/2015Introduced in Senate
5/07/2015Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
Put on a legislative calendar6/04/2015Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
9/08/2015Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Grassley with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
Put on a legislative calendar9/08/2015Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 203.
2/25/2016Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 114-603.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

9.3 times as much
$5,692,892
$903,616
$815,174
$750
$579,662
$170,401
$1,740,226
$4,972,255
$1,172,188
$1,691,492
$987,715
$732,416
$2,137,309
$3,225,273
$7,379,240
$37,000
$1,351,111
$1,853,916
$3,898,953
$1,941,921
$119,200
$4,561,495
$340,293
$4,874,297
$4,571,011
$506,618
$612,336
$5,392,834
$2,545,921
$403,575
$2,287,322
$1,085,653
$2,723,500
$790,083
$1,332,724
$7,260,750
$80,691,122
$2,013,351
$273,005
$3,706,819
$683,423
$106,651
$1,849,495
$60,450
$8,693,194

opposed this bill

Industrial/commercial equipment & materials
Securities, commodities & investment
Biotech products & research
General business associations
Office machines
Christian Conservative
Pro-business associations
Computer components & accessories (split)
Computer software (split)
Electronics manufacturing & services (split)
Republican/Conservative (split)
Small business associations (split)
Telecommunications Devices (split)
75 Organizations Supported and 27 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
PATENT Act

75 organizations supported this bill

Adobe Systems
Rao, Dana (2015, April 29). A Beautiful Day. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from Adobe.
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Amazon.com
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
American Apparel & Footwear Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
American Association of Advertising Agencies
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
American Gaming Association
American Gaming Association (2015, April 29). AGA Applauds Senators for Bipartisan Effort to Fix Antiquated Patent System. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from American Gaming Association.
American Hotel & Lodging Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2015, July 23). AICPA Urges Congressional Action on Bills Targeting Patent Trolls . Retrieved July 23, 2015, from AICPA.
American Public Power Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
American Trucking Associations
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Application Developers Alliance
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Best Buy
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Cisco Systems
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Citizen Outreach
Undersigned organizations (2015, May 29). Free-market groups support Senate patent-litigation reform legislation. Retrieved September 29, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Coalition for Patent Fairness
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Competitive Carriers Association
Competitive Carriers Association (2015, April 29). CCA Commends Senate Introduction of Patent Legislation. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from Competitive Carriers Association.
Computer & Communications Industry Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Consumer Electronics Association
Consumer Electronics Association (2015, April 29). CEA Praises Senators for Introduction of the PATENT Act of 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from Consumer Electronics Association.
Dell
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Demand Progress
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Dillards Department Stores
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Dropbox
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Kamdar, Adi (2015, April 29). The Senate Gets Serious About Patent Reform with PATENT Act. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Electronic Transactions Association
Electronic Transactions Association (2015, April 29). ETA Praises Introduction of PATENT Act. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from Electronic Transactions Association.
Engine Advocacy
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Facebook
Facebook U.S. Public Policy (2015, April 29). Facebook Supports PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Facebook.
Food Marketing Institute
Food Marketing Institute (2015, April 30). FMI Champions PATENT Act. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from Food Marketing Institute.
Ford Motor
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
FourSquare
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
General Motors
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Google
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
HTC Corporation
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
IBM
Padilla, Christopher A. (2015, April 29). IBM Statement on Introduction of Senate Patent Legislation. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from IBM.
Institute for Liberty
Undersigned organizations (2015, May 29). Free-market groups support Senate patent-litigation reform legislation. Retrieved September 29, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Internet Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Intuit
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
JCPenney
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Latino Coalition
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Listrak
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Macy's
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Microsoft
Microsoft (2015, April 29). Microsoft supports PATENT Act. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from Microsoft News Center.
MPA - The Association of Magazine Media
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
National Association of Broadcasters
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
National Association of Federal Credit Unions
National Association of Federal Credit Unions (2015, June 4). NAFCU Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of S. 1137, the ‘PATENT Act’. Retrieved June 5, 2015, from National Association of Federal Credit Unions.
National Association of Home Builders
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
National Association of Realtors
National Association of REALTORS (2015, April 29). Senate Patent Reform Bill a Good First Step, Say Realtors. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from National Association of REALTORS.
National Council of Chain Restaurants
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
National Grocers Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
National Restaurant Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
National Retail Federation
National Retail Federation (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Stop Abusive Patent Troll Litigation. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from National Retail Federation.
National Venture Capital Association
National Venture Capital Association (2015, April 29). NVCA: Senate Patent Reform Bill Represents Step in Right Direction. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from National Venture Capital Association.
NCTA - The Internet & Television Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Newspaper Association of America
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Oracle
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Public Knowledge
Stella, Shiva (2015, April 29). Public Knowledge Applauds Introduction of PATENT Act. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from Public Knowledge.
R Street Institute
R Street Institute (2015, April 29). R Street applauds introduction of bipartisan patent reform bill in the Senate. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from R Street Institute.
Rackspace
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Retail Industry Leaders Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Sabre
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Salesforce.com
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Samsung
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
SAS Institute
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Small Business Majority
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Software & Information Industry Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
TechNet
TechNet (2015, April 29). TechNet Statement on Senate Patent Reform Bill. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from TechNet.
Tyco International
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
U.S. Travel Association
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
United for Patent Reform Coalition
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Verizon Communications
Verizon Communications (2015, June 4). An Important Step Toward Key Patent Reforms. Retrieved June 5, 2015, from Verizon Public Policy Blog.
Vizio
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Walmart
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.
Yum! Brands
United for Patent Reform Coalition (2015, April 29). Bipartisan Sen. Judiciary Bill Will Protect America’s Businesses From Patent Trolls. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from United for Patent Reform Coalition.

27 organizations opposed this bill

American Business Defense Council
Undersigned organizations (2016, January 27). Conservative Letter Opposing Patent Legislation 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from Eagle Forum.
American Civil Rights Union
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
American Family Association
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
American Majority
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
Aware
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
California Life Sciences Association
California Life Sciences Association (2015, August 6). CLSA Efforts To Protect Patents Gain Momentum. Retrieved August 18, 2015, from CLSA.
Cantor Fitzgerald
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
CapStand Council for Policy and Ethics
Undersigned organizations (2016, January 27). Conservative Letter Opposing Patent Legislation 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from Eagle Forum.
Club for Growth
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
ConservativeHQ.com
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
Council for America
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
Cummins-Allison
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
Digimarc Corporation
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
Dolby Laboratories
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
Eagle Forum
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
Entrepreneurs for Growth
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
Fallbrook Technologies
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
Innovation Alliance
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
InterDigital
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
Less Government
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
National Small Business Association
McCracken, Todd (2015, May 26). NSBA Letter Opposing S 1137. Retrieved June 1, 2015, from National Small Business Association.
Patriot Voices
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
Qualcomm
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
Small Business Technology Council
Small Business Technology Council (2015, May 15). Support of the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act of 2015, H.R.2045; and Tabling of the Innovation Act, H.R. 9. Retrieved June 9, 2015, from SBTC.
Tessera
Innovation Alliance (2015, April 29). Innovation Alliance Statement on Introduction of the PATENT Act. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
U.S. Business & Industry Council
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.
Weyrich Lunch
undersigned organizations (2015, June 3). ACU Conservative Coalition Letter to the Senate Opposing Big-Government Patent Legislation. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from American Conservative Union.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$544,749$75,075
Kelly AyotteRNH$1,318,487$226,850
Tammy BaldwinDWI$937,111$46,771
John BarrassoRWY$523,049$40,100
Michael F. BennetDCO$1,895,016$140,533
Richard BlumenthalDCT$765,156$71,283
Roy BluntRMO$1,554,381$181,150
Cory A. BookerDNJ$1,884,271$106,534
John BoozmanRAR$471,482$13,915
Barbara BoxerDCA$39,932$2,000
Sherrod BrownDOH$1,429,765$116,875
Richard BurrRNC$857,867$204,700
Maria CantwellDWA$541,449$19,300
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$655,399$69,650
Ben CardinDMD$550,863$62,600
Tom CarperDDE$399,636$41,780
Bob CaseyDPA$903,955$107,175
Bill CassidyRLA$847,552$142,950
Daniel CoatsRIN$109,350$12,000
William Thad CochranRMS$583,953$38,450
Susan M. CollinsRME$477,700$64,850
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$509,654$51,200
Bob CorkerRTN$649,669$82,050
John CornynRTX$1,040,954$133,700
Tom CottonRAR$878,627$100,951
Mike CrapoRID$357,249$101,400
Ted CruzRTX$927,331$186,868
Steve DainesRMT$708,342$80,751
Joe DonnellyDIN$369,699$40,100
Dick DurbinDIL$685,530$86,800
Mike EnziRWY$400,600$74,850
Joni ErnstRIA$344,056$48,820
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$611,580$63,700
Deb FischerRNE$580,465$57,664
Jeff FlakeRAZ$744,350$45,714
Al FrankenDMN$963,046$42,710
Cory GardnerRCO$1,087,348$183,200
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$1,369,528$107,500
Lindsey GrahamRSC$753,741$111,125
Chuck GrassleyRIA$746,018$108,513
Orrin G. HatchRUT$1,210,247$138,400
Martin HeinrichDNM$483,352$19,700
Heidi HeitkampDND$433,774$31,154
Dean HellerRNV$1,286,792$103,165
Mazie K. HironoDHI$451,476$12,371
John HoevenRND$317,454$34,425
Jim InhofeROK$336,201$34,600
Johnny IsaksonRGA$879,095$80,300
Ron JohnsonRWI$958,024$235,875
Tim KaineDVA$1,461,032$77,800
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$236,169$37,200
Mark KirkRIL$640,035$134,410
Amy KlobucharDMN$801,445$50,800
James LankfordROK$598,450$63,750
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$530,520$32,400
Mike LeeRUT$656,007$57,750
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$618,751$59,250
Ed MarkeyDMA$1,556,872$128,723
John McCainRAZ$1,009,088$157,430
Claire McCaskillDMO$1,200,830$56,929
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$2,252,267$237,080
Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,081,958$80,900
Jeff MerkleyDOR$432,251$31,900
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$37,700$24,311
Jerry MoranRKS$656,079$71,300
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$590,725$50,900
Chris MurphyDCT$897,473$129,450
Patty MurrayDWA$1,018,969$98,609
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$898,212$63,500
Rand PaulRKY$440,021$130,621
David PerdueRGA$805,384$72,150
Gary C. PetersDMI$961,847$117,024
Rob PortmanROH$1,805,172$322,220
John "Jack" ReedDRI$273,148$30,500
Harry ReidDNV$396,067$35,300
Jim RischRID$199,400$31,150
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$570,673$131,725
Mike RoundsRSD$511,373$50,700
Marco RubioRFL$1,332,214$139,150
Bernie SandersIVT$406,388$2,000
Ben SasseRNE$348,620$91,205
Brian SchatzDHI$1,001,011$25,250
Chuck SchumerDNY$2,209,582$249,600
Tim ScottRSC$1,296,538$167,400
Jeff SessionsRAL$207,850$5,500
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$716,932$58,250
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$274,100$66,450
Debbie StabenowDMI$643,087$101,391
Dan SullivanRAK$487,450$91,429
Jon TesterDMT$868,832$81,750
John ThuneRSD$1,113,995$66,080
Thom TillisRNC$799,566$95,700
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,520,466$230,359
Tom UdallDNM$637,372$15,395
David VitterRLA$124,300$26,800
Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,375,336$83,750
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$2,838,738$86,023
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$363,537$51,083
Roger F. WickerRMS$449,583$39,550
Ron WydenDOR$1,162,382$171,150

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$544,749$75,075
Kelly AyotteRNH$1,318,487$226,850
Tammy BaldwinDWI$937,111$46,771
John BarrassoRWY$523,049$40,100
Michael F. BennetDCO$1,895,016$140,533
Richard BlumenthalDCT$765,156$71,283
Roy BluntRMO$1,554,381$181,150
Cory A. BookerDNJ$1,884,271$106,534
John BoozmanRAR$471,482$13,915
Barbara BoxerDCA$39,932$2,000
Sherrod BrownDOH$1,429,765$116,875
Richard BurrRNC$857,867$204,700
Maria CantwellDWA$541,449$19,300
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$655,399$69,650
Ben CardinDMD$550,863$62,600
Tom CarperDDE$399,636$41,780
Bob CaseyDPA$903,955$107,175
Bill CassidyRLA$847,552$142,950
Daniel CoatsRIN$109,350$12,000
William Thad CochranRMS$583,953$38,450
Susan M. CollinsRME$477,700$64,850
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$509,654$51,200
Bob CorkerRTN$649,669$82,050
John CornynRTX$1,040,954$133,700
Tom CottonRAR$878,627$100,951
Mike CrapoRID$357,249$101,400
Ted CruzRTX$927,331$186,868
Steve DainesRMT$708,342$80,751
Joe DonnellyDIN$369,699$40,100
Dick DurbinDIL$685,530$86,800
Mike EnziRWY$400,600$74,850
Joni ErnstRIA$344,056$48,820
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$611,580$63,700
Deb FischerRNE$580,465$57,664
Jeff FlakeRAZ$744,350$45,714
Al FrankenDMN$963,046$42,710
Cory GardnerRCO$1,087,348$183,200
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$1,369,528$107,500
Lindsey GrahamRSC$753,741$111,125
Chuck GrassleyRIA$746,018$108,513
Orrin G. HatchRUT$1,210,247$138,400
Martin HeinrichDNM$483,352$19,700
Heidi HeitkampDND$433,774$31,154
Dean HellerRNV$1,286,792$103,165
Mazie K. HironoDHI$451,476$12,371
John HoevenRND$317,454$34,425
Jim InhofeROK$336,201$34,600
Johnny IsaksonRGA$879,095$80,300
Ron JohnsonRWI$958,024$235,875
Tim KaineDVA$1,461,032$77,800
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$236,169$37,200
Mark KirkRIL$640,035$134,410
Amy KlobucharDMN$801,445$50,800
James LankfordROK$598,450$63,750
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$530,520$32,400
Mike LeeRUT$656,007$57,750
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$618,751$59,250
Ed MarkeyDMA$1,556,872$128,723
John McCainRAZ$1,009,088$157,430
Claire McCaskillDMO$1,200,830$56,929
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$2,252,267$237,080
Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,081,958$80,900
Jeff MerkleyDOR$432,251$31,900
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$37,700$24,311
Jerry MoranRKS$656,079$71,300
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$590,725$50,900
Chris MurphyDCT$897,473$129,450
Patty MurrayDWA$1,018,969$98,609
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$898,212$63,500
Rand PaulRKY$440,021$130,621
David PerdueRGA$805,384$72,150
Gary C. PetersDMI$961,847$117,024
Rob PortmanROH$1,805,172$322,220
John "Jack" ReedDRI$273,148$30,500
Harry ReidDNV$396,067$35,300
Jim RischRID$199,400$31,150
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$570,673$131,725
Mike RoundsRSD$511,373$50,700
Marco RubioRFL$1,332,214$139,150
Bernie SandersIVT$406,388$2,000
Ben SasseRNE$348,620$91,205
Brian SchatzDHI$1,001,011$25,250
Chuck SchumerDNY$2,209,582$249,600
Tim ScottRSC$1,296,538$167,400
Jeff SessionsRAL$207,850$5,500
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$716,932$58,250
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$274,100$66,450
Debbie StabenowDMI$643,087$101,391
Dan SullivanRAK$487,450$91,429
Jon TesterDMT$868,832$81,750
John ThuneRSD$1,113,995$66,080
Thom TillisRNC$799,566$95,700
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,520,466$230,359
Tom UdallDNM$637,372$15,395
David VitterRLA$124,300$26,800
Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,375,336$83,750
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$2,838,738$86,023
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$363,537$51,083
Roger F. WickerRMS$449,583$39,550
Ron WydenDOR$1,162,382$171,150

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$14,631,643
Democratic/Liberal$7,379,240
Accountants$7,260,750
Real estate agents$5,692,892
Restaurants & drinking establishments$5,392,834
Venture capital$4,972,255
Book, newspaper & periodical publishing$4,874,297
Cable distributors & service providers$4,571,011
Electric Power utilities$4,561,495
Computer software$4,556,122
Telephone utilities$3,898,953
Hotels & motels$3,225,273
Commercial TV & radio stations$2,723,500
Trucking companies & services$2,545,921
Computer components & accessories$2,532,104
Residential construction$2,287,322
Advertising & public relations services$2,137,309
Department, variety & convenience stores$1,941,921
Search Engine/Email Services$1,853,916
Food stores$1,740,226
Casinos, racetracks & gambling$1,691,492
Electronics manufacturing & services$1,433,209
Auto manufacturers$1,351,111
Credit unions$1,332,724
Cell/wireless service providers$1,172,188
Telecommunications$1,085,653
Social Media$987,715
Computer manufacture & services$903,616
Retail trade$815,174
Security services$790,083
Vendors$732,416
Minority/Ethnic Groups$612,336
Internet & Online Services$579,662
Lodging & tourism$506,618
Consumer electronics & computer stores$403,575
Small business associations$392,318
Marketing research services$340,293
Telecommunications Devices$226,050
Communications & Electronics$170,401
Personal products manufacturing$119,200
Hosting/Cloud Services$37,000
Consumer groups$750

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$14,631,643
Computer software$4,556,122
Industrial/commercial equipment & materials$3,706,819
Computer components & accessories$2,532,104
Securities, commodities & investment$2,013,351
Biotech products & research$1,849,495
Electronics manufacturing & services$1,433,209
General business associations$683,423
Small business associations$392,318
Office machines$273,005
Telecommunications Devices$226,050
Christian Conservative$106,651
Pro-business associations$60,450
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