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

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.

October 23, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) today joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Chairman Howard Coble (R-NC) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in introducing a bill to address the ever increasing problem of abusive patent litigation.  The bipartisan Innovation Act (H.R.

October 23, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) today joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Chairman Howard Coble (R-NC) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in introducing a bill to address the ever increasing problem of abusive patent litigation.  The bipartisan Innovation Act (H.R.

September 19, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) released the following bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the upcoming election for Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Click here for a PDF copy of the letter, the text of which is also pasted below:

 

September 19, 2013

The Honorable John Kerry

Secretary, U.S. Department of State

August 15, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose, Calif.) issued the following statement on the ongoing Time Warner Cable-CBS contract dispute that has resulted in the television blackout of millions of people in markets across the country:

"When contract disputes between cable and content providers arise, it is often customers who bear the brunt of the effects. In a trend that is becoming all too common, the recent blackout between Time Warner Cable and CBS has left millions of customers without access to the programming they were promised.

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