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Orrin Hatch’s influence on intellectual property goes far beyond generic drugs

By Dani Kass (April 26, 2022, 10:33 p.m. EDT) — Orrin Hatch, the longtime Republican senator from Utah who died on Saturday, has his fingerprints all over the current intellectual property system, where for 42 years he has worked on laws ranging from the Hatch-Waxman Act for generic drugs to the anti-piracy Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Hatch introduced or sponsored a series of bills, many of which were signed into law, which revamped patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret rights. In particular, he defended brand-name pharmaceutical interests while facilitating the sale of generics and biosimilars, strengthened copyright protections for artists, and united a patchwork of state trade secret laws… .

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