At the next juncture, conservatives are watching if Rep. Peter A. Sessions (R.-Texas), the chairman of Rules, will help out his old friend and ally former congresswoman Susan Molinari, who leads Google’s ministry to the Republican leadership, or another old friend Kathryn Hazeem Lehman, a long-time lobbyist for Google and former Capitol Hill Republican staffer.
Another friend of Molinari’s is House Majority Leader Eric I. Cantor (R.-Va.). It was the former Staten Island representative who arranged Cantor’s April 2012 visit to Google’s Mountain View, Calif., campus, where he tested a driverless car and proclaimed the company essential to America’s global competitiveness, economic growth and job creation.
In June, Cantor joined Molinari on the host committee for a $5,000 a ticket fundraiser held at the Alexandria home of Cantor’s kitchen advisor Susan Hirschmann.
What conservatives want is an Innovation Act that balances the protection of intellectual property and the blocking off of the patent trolls. As the Goodlatte’s Innovation Act rounds the final turns in the House, it achieves this while garnering Democratic support to boot.
The hope is that House Republican leadership will resist Google’s attempts to hi-jack the House bill as it part of its Silicon Valley peace offensive, typified by its choosing Google and Facebook over conservatives in the fight over amnesty for illegal aliens.
With Goodlatte’s language intact, the Innovation Act is a strong conservative approach to patent law reform—let’s just hope it’s strong enough to mate with what the Senate produces.