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H.R. 3991 (116th): Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Improvements to Patent Litigation Act of 2019

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To amend title 35, United States Code, to clarify and improve the process for subsection (k) applicants to resolve patent infringement claims for biological products (commonly known as the "patent dance"), and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr.

Sponsor. Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Jul 25, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 21, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Bipartisan House Bill Seeks to Amend Patent Dance With Limit On Some Types of Patents
    — Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4] (Sponsor) on Aug 2, 2019

Reschenthaler Supports Legislation to Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable
    — Rep. Guy Reschenthaler [R-PA14] on Nov 21, 2019

Chairman Nadler Statement for the Markup of H.R. 3991, the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Improvements to Patent Litigation Act of 2019
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10] on Nov 20, 2019

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Jul 25, 2019

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Nov 20, 2019
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Nov 21, 2019
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H.R. 3991 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3991. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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