Name is Destiny: Thumbs Up on Pro-IP Act
It's unanimous: the House Judiciary Committee has passed the Pro-IP Act. (With a name like that, who could vote against?) The somewhat controversial bill is focused on IP enforcement, and its provisions include the creation of a new federal IP czar and forfeiture provisions for property used in copying. But not to worry -- statements from Public Knowledge aside, nobody believes that the forfeiture provisions include, say, fingers used in the process of sewing on counterfeit labels.
Now it's on to the House floor, where the bill could pass this summer. A Senate version is still in committee.
As for including fashion designs within the scope of IP protection via the proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act, neither the House nor the Senate has yet taken action. Tune in next Congress.