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Sept. 14, 2022, 9:22 PM

GOP Lawmakers Voice IP Theft Worries Over Right to Repair Push

Isaiah Poritz
Isaiah Poritz
Legal Reporter

A national right-to-repair law aimed at helping consumers repair devices they own could encourage intellectual property violations, Republicans said during a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Small Business Underserved, Agriculture, and Rural Business Development Subcommittee, and Rep. Mike Flood (R-Neb.) said that while they support the right of consumers to repair their devices, a law mandating the right could have unintended consequences.

“I harbor serious concerns over the potential of American manufacturers’ intellectual property if forced to divulge such information under right to repair laws,” Tenney said. “We could be inviting ...

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