HTIA Statement on the Introduction of ‘Advancing America’s Interests Act,’ a Bipartisan Bill to Modernize Section 337 of the Tariff Act
WASHINGTON — Dave Jones, executive director of the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), issued the following statement on the introduction of the “Advancing America’s Interests Act,” by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and David Schweikert (R-AZ) to modernize Section 337 of the Tariff Act.
“We applaud the leadership of Reps. DelBene and Schweikert in introducing this much needed legislation to modernize the ITC process and protect American industries from unfair foreign competition.
“This bill addresses long-standing problems with Section 337 by clarifying what qualifies as a ‘domestic industry’ and modernizing the public interest factors. The new definition of domestic industry will help ensure that Section 337 is used to help rather than harm U.S. manufacturers. And requiring that ITC exclusion orders serve the public interest will allow Section 337 to function as Congress originally intended in protecting U.S. industries and the American public.”
HTIA is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing balanced patent policies. Its members include 10 of the top 20 recipients of U.S. patents, who collectively invest about $116 billion in research and development each year. HTIA’s mission is to promote patent policies that preserve critical incentives to invest in innovation, research, and American jobs. To learn more, visit www.hightechinventors.com.