Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

Intellectual Property

Strong Intellectual Property (IP) protection is an essential bedrock necessary to spur our economy and further American innovation.  Our entrepreneurs, business owners, and the general public are best served when our patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets are valued and upheld.  Robust American IP laws foster our global competitive advantage.  It is the responsibility of Members of Congress to uphold our Constitutional charge to safeguard creativity and ingenuity.  

Addressing abusive patent litigation in our courts – while still ensuring that legitimate patent lawsuits may be brought - is a top priority for me.  It is also important that content creators and innovators are fairly compensated for the fruits of their labor without threat of IP misappropriation from national or international actors.  For more information about my work on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Courts, and the Internet and to find resources to help you protect your IP rights, please click on the links below. 

For more information concerning my work on IP issues,  please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.


More on Intellectual Property

Jun 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and Representative Doug Collins (GA-09) introduced the bipartisan “Terminating the Extension of Rights Misappropriated” (TERM) Act of 2019. This legislation would address the rising cost of prescription drugs by significantly limiting the process known as “evergreening”, whereby pharmaceutical companies make minor changes to a drug and file for a new patent on those trivial changes in order to extend their exclusivity and maintain high prices.

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), introduced the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act. This bipartisan legislation establishes the Copyright Claims Board at the Copyright Office to make it easier and less expensive for independent creators, such as photographers, songwriters and graphic artists, to better defend their intellectual property from theft.

Apr 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Fair Licensing Access for Governments (FLAG) Act. The legislation would allow government entities to obtain federal trademark protection for their flags, symbols, insignia and seals. The bill is cosponsored by Representative Martha Roby (AL-02) and the companion bill in the Senate is sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Thom Tillis (R-NC).

Oct 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, House Democratic leadership and the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement concerning today’s meeting between Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and the Congressional Black Caucus:

Oct 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – A bipartisan solution to help artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, songwriters, authors and other creators protect their life’s work from unauthorized reproduction has been introduced today by two key members of the House Judiciary Committee -- U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a Democrat, and U.S. Representative Tom Marino (PA-10), a Republican.

Oct 6, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the need for transparency and accountability in the fantasy sports industry:

Aug 5, 2015 In The News

SAN FRANCISCO — Members of the Congressional Black Caucus flew to Silicon Valley this week to turn up the heat on the nation's largest tech companies to hire more African Americans.

Caucus members met with Apple's Tim Cook and Intel's Brian Krzanich as well as executives from Google, Pandora and SAP to discuss how technology companies plan to fix their troubling hiring record.

Jun 4, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement on the FBI warrantless aerial surveillance program:

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation may have crossed the line and violated the privacy rights of the American people with its secretive warrantless aerial surveillance program.

Mar 30, 2015 In The News

With the dust from the corporate Mardi Gras settling on the streets of Austin, it’s time for some sober self-assessment.  After all, South By Southwest is supposed to be a party with a purpose.  And this year there were promising signs from the must unlikely suspects: politicians.

Dec 5, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON– U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) has partnered with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) to pass his first piece of legislation, the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The bipartisan bill, which has passed both houses of Congress and is expected to be signed by President Obama, will expand the current program by removing its “pilot” status, making it available to all accredited law schools in the country that meet the program’s eligibility requirements.