This Week in Washington IP: Strategic IP Competition with China, Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom, and Restoring Competition in Digital Marketplaces week in Washington IP news, several congressional committees are holding important hearings including the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet discussing IP competition with China. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is discussing three bills related to the Department of Energy’s role in innovation. Elsewhere, IPWatchdog is hosting the Artificial Intelligence Masters™ which will discuss at length AI, machine learning, and other new technologies and their impact on innovation.

Tuesday, March 7


Artificial Intelligence Masters™ 2023

At 8:00 AM on Tuesday, IPWatchdog Studios in Ashburn, VA

This two-day event from IPWatchdog will cover specific technical areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), blockchain and fintech. Panelists will also discuss how to protect these innovations license these innovations and the numerous other legal issues presented by their use and implementation, including the protection of data and software itself as a trade secret.

Information, Technology & Innovation Foundation

Will ChatGPT Forever Change Education?

At 11:00 AM Tuesday, online livestream

ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence have been a hot topic of discussion recently with potential wide-reaching impacts on the economy. Its impact on the future of education has also caused great concern among educators, parents, and policymakers. ITIF will discuss how educators can adapt to this new landscape and the promises and pitfalls of generative AI in the classroom.

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights

Reining in Dominant Digital Platforms: Restoring Competition to Our Digital Markets

At 3:00 PM on Tuesday, Hart Senate Office Building Room 216 and online livestream

So far in this legislative session, this subcommittee has introduced legislation on lowering drug prices and discussed anti-competitiveness in the online ticketing industry. Now the subcommittee turns its focus to promoting competition in digital marketplaces. The witnesses and agenda for the meeting are yet to be announced.

Wednesday, March 8

House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

Intellectual Property and Strategic Competition with China: Part I

At 10:00 AM Wednesday, 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

This House Judiciary subcommittee is holding another hearing on the United States and China’s relationship when it comes to intellectual property. Last week, the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party opened its first hearing with strong words, Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) said, “we may call this a “strategic competition,” but this is not a polite tennis match.” Republicans in Congress have been pushing for sanctions against China, while Democrats advocate for increased research funding at home to compete.

House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Innovation Through Collaboration: The Department of Energy’s Role in the U.S. Research Ecosystem

At 10:00 AM Wednesday, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building and online livestream

In this committee hearing, members will discuss three bills that would codify the Department of Energy’s longstanding partnerships with three agencies: NASA, the USDA, and NOAA. The proposed bills would strengthen the research relationships between the governmental agencies. The committee will hear testimony expert witness testimony from members of the agencies as well as the National Science Foundation.

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law

Platform Accountability: Gonzalez and Reform

At 2:00 PM Wednesday, Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226 and online livestream

This committee hearing will focus on the Supreme Court case Gonzalez v. Google, which could have major implications on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. It is the first time that the Supreme Court is considering the act which protects websites from liability for content posted by third parties. Committee member Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said in a statement, “tech giants have long turned a blind eye to horrific harms and dangers rampant on their platforms, and Section 230 gives them broad legal immunity to continue doing so—demanding serious Congressional action.”

Thursday, March 9

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Patent Pro Bono Program: Pathways to inclusive innovation

At 9:00 AM, Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis and online livestream

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting leaders in the IP and small business community to provide guidance on how to protect your IP through trademarks and patents. This is part of a program in collaboration with 21 independently operated academic and nonprofit regional programs which matches inventors lacking financial resources with patent practitioners in all 50 states.

House Committee on Financial Services

U.S. Public Markets Built for the 21st Century: Exploring Reforms to Make Our Public Markets Attractive for Small and Emerging Companies Raising Capital

At 10:00 AM Thursday, 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

After this committee was busy last week passing bills related to economic competition with China, this week the members will turn their attention to domestic affairs. After those bills passed, Committee Chairman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) said the committee would focus on “doubling down on our commitment to free people and free markets.” Expert witness testimony and a committee memo are yet to be published.

Friday, March 10

Brookings Institute

A country in flux: Recent and future policy shifts in China

At 9:00 AM Friday, online livestream

This panel discussion will discuss the recent changes in China’s political landscape since the 20th Party Congress in October 2022. The easing of COVID restrictions has caused many economic and political challenges for the country. The experts will also discuss if China has been softening its diplomatic tone as of late.

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