Congressional Innovation Scorecard released by the Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP)

March 25, 2024  

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The Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP) recently unveiled its inaugural Congressional Innovation Scorecard, an evaluation aimed at shedding light on the performance of Congressional representatives in relation to innovation policies. This first-of-its-kind scorecard assesses each legislator’s efforts toward advancing strong and effective intellectual property (IP) rights. Drawing on the records of the 116th, 117th, and 118th Congresses, the scorecard utilizes a straightforward “A-F” academic grading scale to rate members based on their voting records, bill sponsorship, co-sponsorship, and advocacy related to intellectual property (IP) issues.

The findings reveal a spectrum of commitment levels to IP policy across Congress, with a notable majority of members receiving grades of “C” or “C-,” suggesting only a passing interest in IP matters. Despite the critical role of IP-intensive industries in driving nearly half of the U.S. GDP, supporting millions of jobs, and comprising a significant portion of the S&P 500’s value, the scorecard underscores a need for greater focus and action on IP policies among legislators. At the high end, Senators Chris Coons, Thom Tillis, and Mazie Hirono earned the top marks for their staunch support of IP rights, while in the House, Representative Ben Cline received the highest grade of “B+.” This inaugural scorecard aims to enhance transparency and encourage a stronger commitment to innovation policies among members of Congress.

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