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Rep. Spartz’s Patents for Humanity Act Passes Judiciary Committee, Heads to House Floor

December 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – H.R. 5796, the Patents for Humanity Act, led by U.S. Representatives Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), passed unanimously out of the House Judiciary Committee today. The Patents for Humanity Act will codify into law an expedited process to obtain patents for innovators who use game-changing technology to meet humanitarian challenges. 

"This pandemic highlighted the importance of speed and agility in developing innovative solutions to benefit our society," said Rep. Spartz. "I appreciate Rep. Jeffries’ leadership and bipartisan collaboration."

“The framers of our constitution and the founders of our great country understood that society would benefit if we incentivize creativity and innovation. That’s why Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution gives Congress the power to create a robust intellectual property system to promote the progress of science and useful arts. The Patents for Humanity Act builds on this principle in practice by helping creators fast-track innovations that better our global community through the patent process,” said Rep. Jeffries. “I thank Rep. Spartz for her leadership and partnership on this important legislation.”

H.R. 5796 will now head to the Floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives.