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H.R. 2884 (117th): Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Improvements to Patent Litigation Act

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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 C. “Hank” Johnson

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

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Last Updated: Apr 28, 2021
Length: 6 pages
Apr 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 30, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


2 Cosponsors (1 Democrat, 1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Congressman Johnson Fights to Lower Drug Prices, Protect Consumers Online
    — Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4] (Sponsor) on Sep 30, 2021

H.R. 2884 The Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Improvements to Patent Litigation Act
    — Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4] (Sponsor) on Sep 29, 2021

Congressmen Johnson, Issa Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Lower Prescription Prices
    — Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4] (Sponsor) on Apr 29, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2884 will save $381 million through 2032.


Apr 28, 2021

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Sep 29, 2021
Considered by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Sep 30, 2021
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H.R. 2884 (117th) 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. 2884. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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