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H.R. 7201 - To amend title 35, United States Code, to include the exclusive economic zone as part of the United States for patent infringement, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Lamar Smith (R)
Introduced: 2018-11-29
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7201


    To amend title 35, United States Code, to include the exclusive economic zone as part of the United States for patent infringement, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 29, 2018

    Mr. Smith of Texas (for himself, Mr. Olson, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. Ratcliffe, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, and Mr. Cuellar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

    To amend title 35, United States Code, to include the exclusive economic zone as part of the United States for patent infringement, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Patent infringement in exclusive economic zone of the United States.

(a) Amendment.—Chapter 10 of title 35, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

§ 106. Inventions in the exclusive economic zone

“Any act occurring on or below the waters of the exclusive economic zone of the United States established by Presidential Proclamation 5030 of March 10, 1983 (16 U.S.C. 1453 note), including activity on the seabed of such zone, that is related to the economic exploitation of, or exploration for, natural resources or marine scientific research shall be considered an act occurring within the United States for the purposes of section 271.”.

(b) Technical and conforming amendment.—The table of sections for chapter 10 of title 35, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:


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