Includes all politicians who were in office at any point during the 114th Congress.

S. 632 - STRONG Patents Act of 2015

Commerce. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to strengthen the position of the United States as the world's leading innovator by amending title 35, United States Code, to protect the property rights of the inventors that grow the country's economy. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

STRONG Patents Act of 2015

S. 632 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to strengthen the position of the United States as the world's leading innovator by amending title 35, United States Code, to protect the property rights of the inventors that grow the country's economy. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to strengthen the position of the United States as the world's leading innovator by amending title 35, United States Code, to protect the property rights of the inventors that grow the country's economy.
Other Titles
  • STRONG Patents Act of 2015
  • Support Technology and Research for Our Nation's Growth Patents Act of 2015
  • STRONG Patents Act of 2015
Sponsor
Christopher A. Coons
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Commerce
  • Administrative remedies
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Congressional oversight
  • Department of Commerce
  • Evidence and witnesses
  • Executive agency funding and structure
  • Federal preemption
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Fraud offenses and financial crimes
  • Government information and archives
  • Government trust funds
  • Intellectual property
  • Licensing and registrations
  • Small business
  • State and local government operations
  • User charges and fees
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced3/03/2015
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced3/03/2015
3/03/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
3/03/2015Introduced in Senate
3/19/2015Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Hearings held.
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…

supported this bill

Schools & colleges
Venture capital
Medical Devices & Supplies
Biotech products & research
Small business associations
Computer components & accessories (split)
Electronics manufacturing & services (split)
$1,849,495
$9,075,327
$4,972,255
$3,959,639
$392,318
$20,249,034
187% more
$750
$2,137,309
$732,416
$1,351,111
$3,225,273
$4,556,122
$1,368,439
$903,616
$579,662
$1,740,226
$1,853,916
$1,941,921
$612,336
$340,293
$4,874,297
$2,287,322
$5,692,892
$5,392,834
$815,174
$1,421,778
$14,631,643
$37,000
$506,618
$1,172,188
$58,175,136
9 Organizations Supported and 44 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
STRONG Patents Act of 2015

9 organizations supported this bill

Association of American Universities
Association of American Universities (2015, March 2). AAU Expresses Support For Strong Patents Act Of 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from Association of American Universities.
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (2015, March 3). APLU Statement on Introduction of STRONG Patents Act of 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Biocom
Biocom (2015, April 9). Legislation of Interest. Retrieved April 9, 2015, from Biocom.
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Biotechnology Industry Organization (2015, March 3). BIO Statement of Support for the Introduction of the STRONG Patents Act of 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from BIO.
Innovation Alliance
Innovation Alliance (2015, March 3). Innovation Alliance Supports STRONG Patent Act. Retrieved March 17, 2015, from Innovation Alliance.
InterDigital
InterDigital (2015, March 3). InterDigital Applauds Senator Coons' Strong Patents Act, Introduced Today. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from InterDigital.
Medical Device Manufacturers Association
Medical Device Manufacturers Association (2015, March 3). MDMA Statement on Introduction of the "STRONG Patents Act". Retrieved March 4, 2015, from Medical Device Manufacturers Association.
National Small Business Association
Schmidt, Robert M. (2015, March 19). Testimony of Robert N. Schmidt at a Hearing on S. 632. Retrieved March 27, 2015, from Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.
National Venture Capital Association
National Venture Capital Association (2015, March 3). NVCA Announces Support for STRONG Patents Act of 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from National Venture Capital Association.

44 organizations opposed this bill

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Amazon.com
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
American Association of Advertising Agencies
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
American Hotel & Lodging Association
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Application Developers Alliance
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Cisco Systems
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Computer & Communications Industry Association
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Dell
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Kamdar, Adi (2015, March 4). The STRONG Patents Act Is a Prime Example of Weak Reform. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Electronic Transactions Association
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Engine Advocacy
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Food Marketing Institute
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Google
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Internet Association
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Intuit
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
JCPenney
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Latino Coalition
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Listrak
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Macy's
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
MPA - The Association of Magazine Media
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
National Association of Home Builders
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
National Association of Realtors
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
National Council of Chain Restaurants
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
National Grocers Association
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
National Restaurant Association
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
National Retail Federation
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
NetApp
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Newspaper Association of America
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Oracle
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
R Street Institute
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Rackspace
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Red Hat
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Retail Industry Leaders Association
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Sabre
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Salesforce.com
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Samsung
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
SAS Institute
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Software & Information Industry Association
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
U.S. Travel Association
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
United for Patent Reform Coalition
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Verizon Communications
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.
Vizio
United for Patent Reform (2015, March 16). United for Patent Reform Letter on Sen. Coons' STRONG Patents Act. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from United for Patent Reform.

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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$181,928$349,549
Kelly AyotteRNH$271,769$1,107,317
Tammy BaldwinDWI$375,301$304,009
John BarrassoRWY$118,500$213,950
Michael F. BennetDCO$664,307$708,819
Richard BlumenthalDCT$206,322$382,933
Roy BluntRMO$204,355$1,013,551
Cory A. BookerDNJ$527,424$1,123,701
John BoozmanRAR$39,290$283,957
Barbara BoxerDCA$6,250$32,785
Sherrod BrownDOH$672,921$612,998
Richard BurrRNC$302,821$637,358
Maria CantwellDWA$244,501$407,229
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$71,782$436,124
Ben CardinDMD$142,705$341,097
Tom CarperDDE$51,866$242,206
Bob CaseyDPA$396,857$441,785
Bill CassidyRLA$172,458$828,318
Daniel CoatsRIN$48,950$61,900
William Thad CochranRMS$71,550$254,753
Susan M. CollinsRME$91,510$320,450
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$133,050$223,325
Bob CorkerRTN$137,946$416,468
John CornynRTX$216,225$768,466
Tom CottonRAR$123,550$1,724,571
Mike CrapoRID$63,210$236,933
Ted CruzRTX$207,036$2,541,080
Steve DainesRMT$89,675$678,457
Joe DonnellyDIN$263,645$190,964
Dick DurbinDIL$201,701$435,380
Mike EnziRWY$107,550$194,650
Joni ErnstRIA$16,454$373,517
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$187,012$335,288
Deb FischerRNE$45,864$416,074
Jeff FlakeRAZ$95,814$1,844,629
Al FrankenDMN$337,455$583,322
Cory GardnerRCO$183,695$975,445
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$266,852$877,227
Lindsey GrahamRSC$136,566$505,120
Chuck GrassleyRIA$128,127$521,379
Orrin G. HatchRUT$478,299$707,797
Martin HeinrichDNM$169,474$244,248
Heidi HeitkampDND$94,261$181,077
Dean HellerRNV$99,142$686,858
Mazie K. HironoDHI$97,650$277,597
John HoevenRND$29,600$162,090
Jim InhofeROK$24,000$216,250
Johnny IsaksonRGA$156,675$593,180
Ron JohnsonRWI$183,454$1,395,956
Tim KaineDVA$651,245$882,857
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$97,633$125,376
Mark KirkRIL$165,520$535,178
Amy KlobucharDMN$280,749$513,647
James LankfordROK$81,850$517,735
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$57,832$283,035
Mike LeeRUT$148,650$1,117,984
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$57,116$246,316
Ed MarkeyDMA$512,080$708,599
John McCainRAZ$210,550$762,948
Claire McCaskillDMO$454,336$672,737
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$422,947$1,491,699
Bob MenéndezDNJ$169,664$744,357
Jeff MerkleyDOR$169,094$267,054
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$45,561$20,600
Jerry MoranRKS$48,500$337,579
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$48,893$270,325
Chris MurphyDCT$313,728$388,838
Patty MurrayDWA$367,052$632,520
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$189,609$450,286
Rand PaulRKY$98,679$802,507
David PerdueRGA$151,682$671,652
Gary C. PetersDMI$360,028$435,078
Rob PortmanROH$443,398$1,241,129
John "Jack" ReedDRI$26,313$172,898
Harry ReidDNV$76,216$204,300
Jim RischRID$32,250$131,237
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$105,099$393,791
Mike RoundsRSD$42,850$318,406
Marco RubioRFL$229,835$1,749,056
Bernie SandersIVT$63,398$80,519
Ben SasseRNE$113,589$845,521
Brian SchatzDHI$111,900$493,685
Chuck SchumerDNY$536,689$1,312,968
Tim ScottRSC$172,250$955,976
Jeff SessionsRAL$11,050$84,700
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$250,609$441,346
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$16,700$129,500
Debbie StabenowDMI$203,719$323,852
Dan SullivanRAK$132,878$840,913
Jon TesterDMT$238,111$345,464
John ThuneRSD$92,989$625,456
Thom TillisRNC$140,849$731,652
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$390,104$2,078,351
Tom UdallDNM$171,308$277,814
David VitterRLA$8,380$70,800
Mark R. WarnerDVA$355,736$942,219
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,407,294$1,018,672
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$188,804$232,705
Roger F. WickerRMS$32,800$210,233
Ron WydenDOR$413,569$630,929

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$181,928$349,549
Kelly AyotteRNH$271,769$1,107,317
Tammy BaldwinDWI$375,301$304,009
John BarrassoRWY$118,500$213,950
Michael F. BennetDCO$664,307$708,819
Richard BlumenthalDCT$206,322$382,933
Roy BluntRMO$204,355$1,013,551
Cory A. BookerDNJ$527,424$1,123,701
John BoozmanRAR$39,290$283,957
Barbara BoxerDCA$6,250$32,785
Sherrod BrownDOH$672,921$612,998
Richard BurrRNC$302,821$637,358
Maria CantwellDWA$244,501$407,229
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$71,782$436,124
Ben CardinDMD$142,705$341,097
Tom CarperDDE$51,866$242,206
Bob CaseyDPA$396,857$441,785
Bill CassidyRLA$172,458$828,318
Daniel CoatsRIN$48,950$61,900
William Thad CochranRMS$71,550$254,753
Susan M. CollinsRME$91,510$320,450
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$133,050$223,325
Bob CorkerRTN$137,946$416,468
John CornynRTX$216,225$768,466
Tom CottonRAR$123,550$1,724,571
Mike CrapoRID$63,210$236,933
Ted CruzRTX$207,036$2,541,080
Steve DainesRMT$89,675$678,457
Joe DonnellyDIN$263,645$190,964
Dick DurbinDIL$201,701$435,380
Mike EnziRWY$107,550$194,650
Joni ErnstRIA$16,454$373,517
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$187,012$335,288
Deb FischerRNE$45,864$416,074
Jeff FlakeRAZ$95,814$1,844,629
Al FrankenDMN$337,455$583,322
Cory GardnerRCO$183,695$975,445
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$266,852$877,227
Lindsey GrahamRSC$136,566$505,120
Chuck GrassleyRIA$128,127$521,379
Orrin G. HatchRUT$478,299$707,797
Martin HeinrichDNM$169,474$244,248
Heidi HeitkampDND$94,261$181,077
Dean HellerRNV$99,142$686,858
Mazie K. HironoDHI$97,650$277,597
John HoevenRND$29,600$162,090
Jim InhofeROK$24,000$216,250
Johnny IsaksonRGA$156,675$593,180
Ron JohnsonRWI$183,454$1,395,956
Tim KaineDVA$651,245$882,857
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$97,633$125,376
Mark KirkRIL$165,520$535,178
Amy KlobucharDMN$280,749$513,647
James LankfordROK$81,850$517,735
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$57,832$283,035
Mike LeeRUT$148,650$1,117,984
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$57,116$246,316
Ed MarkeyDMA$512,080$708,599
John McCainRAZ$210,550$762,948
Claire McCaskillDMO$454,336$672,737
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$422,947$1,491,699
Bob MenéndezDNJ$169,664$744,357
Jeff MerkleyDOR$169,094$267,054
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$45,561$20,600
Jerry MoranRKS$48,500$337,579
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$48,893$270,325
Chris MurphyDCT$313,728$388,838
Patty MurrayDWA$367,052$632,520
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$189,609$450,286
Rand PaulRKY$98,679$802,507
David PerdueRGA$151,682$671,652
Gary C. PetersDMI$360,028$435,078
Rob PortmanROH$443,398$1,241,129
John "Jack" ReedDRI$26,313$172,898
Harry ReidDNV$76,216$204,300
Jim RischRID$32,250$131,237
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$105,099$393,791
Mike RoundsRSD$42,850$318,406
Marco RubioRFL$229,835$1,749,056
Bernie SandersIVT$63,398$80,519
Ben SasseRNE$113,589$845,521
Brian SchatzDHI$111,900$493,685
Chuck SchumerDNY$536,689$1,312,968
Tim ScottRSC$172,250$955,976
Jeff SessionsRAL$11,050$84,700
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$250,609$441,346
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$16,700$129,500
Debbie StabenowDMI$203,719$323,852
Dan SullivanRAK$132,878$840,913
Jon TesterDMT$238,111$345,464
John ThuneRSD$92,989$625,456
Thom TillisRNC$140,849$731,652
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$390,104$2,078,351
Tom UdallDNM$171,308$277,814
David VitterRLA$8,380$70,800
Mark R. WarnerDVA$355,736$942,219
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,407,294$1,018,672
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$188,804$232,705
Roger F. WickerRMS$32,800$210,233
Ron WydenDOR$413,569$630,929

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Schools & colleges$9,075,327
Venture capital$4,972,255
Medical Devices & Supplies$3,959,639
Computer components & accessories$2,532,104
Biotech products & research$1,849,495
Electronics manufacturing & services$1,433,209
Small business associations$392,318

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$14,631,643
Real estate agents$5,692,892
Restaurants & drinking establishments$5,392,834
Book, newspaper & periodical publishing$4,874,297
Computer software$4,556,122
Hotels & motels$3,225,273
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
Electronics manufacturing & services$1,433,209
Data processing & computer services$1,421,778
Auto dealers, foreign imports$1,368,439
Auto manufacturers$1,351,111
Cell/wireless service providers$1,172,188
Computer manufacture & services$903,616
Retail trade$815,174
Vendors$732,416
Minority/Ethnic Groups$612,336
Internet & Online Services$579,662
Lodging & tourism$506,618
Marketing research services$340,293
Hosting/Cloud Services$37,000
Consumer groups$750
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