Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte was recently selected to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet.
The congressman has served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee since elected. His prior experience also includes a stint on the Subcommittee on the Courts, Internet and Intellectual Property.
Goodlatte expressed enthusiasm for his new role and indicated he views effective intellectual property strategy as essential for economic growth. "The intellectual property industry in America is a major driving force and job-creating engine of our economy," Goodlatte said.
"In order to grow our national economy, we must ensure this vital sector is protected and able to flourish," he added.
According to a recent Politico report, Goodlatte is willing to work with Democratic lawmakers to promote patent reform, which is set to be discussed by the subcommittee in the coming week.
House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, who appointed Goodlatte, said the congressman will "play a leading role in protecting American innovation, promoting economic growth and creating jobs."
Congressman Howard Coble will serve as vice chairman of the committee. Coble has served as chairman of the intellectual property subcommittee in the past and has previously worked in the field of trademarks, patents and copyrights.