Innovation and Technology

Innovation is the driving force behind a strong and growing economy, and nowhere is that better exemplified than in Silicon Valley, America’s hub of innovation. As a recognized leader and respected voice on technology issues, Zoe advocates strongly for Silicon Valley in Washington, D.C.

Advancing Internet Freedom 

A longtime champion of a free and open Internet, she supports free expression, universal network access, and privacy protection.  Recognizing that technology and Internet services are thriving components of our economy and culture, she is an advocate for multi-stakeholder Internet governance and removing barriers to innovation.

Leadership in the Digital Age

Among her colleagues in Congress, she is valued for her thoughtful insight and the forward-leaning policies she advances to spur the development of new technologies and the growth of America’s economy in the Digital Age.  Zoe was also instrumental in the selection of Silicon Valley for a new regional patent office so startups and inventors can have direct access to the services they need to thrive and innovate. Zoe’s Committee assignments on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee provide strong platforms to advocate for issues that are key to Silicon Valley.

Government Surveillance  

Patent Reform

Cybersecurity

Copyright

Net Neutrality

Free Expression

More on Innovation and Technology

February 21, 2014 Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) led a letter (pdf) to President Barack Obama urging strong and sustained funding for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as he prepares his FY 2015 budget. The NIF is the world's most powerful laser and the preeminent research tool in the world for inertial confinement fusion research.

February 11, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and an original sponsor of the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act [hyperlink], released the following statement today in support of "The Day We Fight Back" protest against overreaching government surveillance programs:

 

December 12, 2013 Press Release

Today, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), senior Member of the Judiciary Committee, introduced the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act to eliminate broadcast television blackouts and give consumers greater flexibility to choose the channels they receive each month from their cable, satellite or other pay-TV provider.

December 5, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) participated in a press conference today voicing concerns over the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.  During the press conference, held on the eve of this coming weekend's high-level ministerial meeting on TPP in Singapore in which a possible final deal may be announced, Rep. Lofgren focused her remarks on troubling provisions related to Internet Freedom, consumer rights, copyright, and fair use and the public domain in the digital age: 

December 5, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) released the following statement today following the passage of H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, a bipartisan bill she is an original co-sponsor of that would curb abusive patent litigation from patent assertion entities often referred to as ‘Patent Trolls.'  The bill was passed by a strong bipartisan vote of 325 to 91 in the U.S. House of Representatives today:

December 3, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) released a letter today to Mr.Kim Beazley, the Australian Ambassador to the United States, outlining her continued concerns over the troubling conduct of Francis Gurry, director-general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  Late last month, Rep.

November 21, 2013 Press Release

Senior bipartisan Congressional leaders signaled their alarm today to the Obama Administration over the widening expose of reports of scandal and misconduct by Francis Gurry, director-general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the lawmakers warned "the interests of the United States and its large community of innovators cannot be served well

November 20, 2013 Press Release

The House Judiciary Committee today approved the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) by an overwhelming vote of 33-5.  This bipartisan bill takes steps to combat the ever increasing problem of abusive patent litigation.  The legislation addresses abusive practices taking place in our courts.

November 19, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren joined together today with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) and Mike Honda (D-San Jose) to celebrate the selection of San Jose's City Hall building as the permanent location for the Silicon Valley satellite patent office.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) announcement comes after a search for a permanent office space was put on hold in July due to federal budget sequestration.

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