Without a Republican majority in the Senate last year, Congress was unable to pass patent reform legislation. The primary contender, as we previously reported, was the Innovation Act, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). That bill passed the House with an overwhelming majority vote of 325-91 only to get stalled in the Democratic-led Senate.(For a detailed discussion on Arent Fox’s reporting of the Innovation Act, click here.) At the time, many speculated that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was reluctant to permit Senate floor consideration of patent reform legislation that was opposed by trial lawyers and elements of the pharmaceutical industry.
Dan H. Renberg
Dan Renberg serves as co-practice group leader of the government relations practice group and also serves in the international trade and transactions practice group, reflecting his career on Capitol Hill and at an executive branch trade agency.
Since joining Arent Fox in 2003, Dan has represented numerous corporate clients, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations on a wide variety of public policy matters, including securing federal funds, and has assisted clients in resolving issues before executive branch agencies. Many of Dan’s clients are publicly traded companies, trade associations, colleges and universities, and hospitals with a need for strategic planning and advocacy in the nation’s capital. In addition, Dan advises US and foreign clients on trade finance and project finance transactions and assists clients in expanding into foreign markets.
Dan’s client work emphasizes strategic guidance and advocacy for large and small organizations in nearly every sector — education, health care, energy, manufacturing, service, transportation, technology, and financial. He helps clients achieve their policy and business objectives by advocating on their behalf with relevant decision makers. One of Dan’s recent advocacy efforts was included as one of the “Top 10 Lobbying Triumphs of 2009” by The Hill.
Dan’s recent successful client matters include:
- Serving as lead lobbyist for the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights, a nationwide coalition of terminated General Motors and Chrysler dealers that secured hundreds of cosponsors for legislation that would help restore their dealerships and ultimately obtained unprecedented bipartisan legislation in December, 2009 that established an arbitration process by which they could seek reinstatement. His work included communicating on an almost daily basis with hundreds of auto dealers, helping prepare them for a major fly-in and Capitol press conference attended by the House Majority Leader, and working on the media campaign, including guidance regarding the coalition’s website content. More than 700 dealerships were reinstated as a result of the Committee's advocacy campaign. Arent Fox's effort on behalf of the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights was selected as one of the "Top 10 Lobbying Triumphs of 2009” by The Hill, the highly respected Washington, DC newspaper dedicated to covering the US Congress.
- Assisting associations and individual clients such as hospitals and universities in helping them develop and execute strategies to advocate for increased funding for priority programs or to forestall significant program funding reductions in the proposed federal budget or during the appropriations process. In 2012, issues included higher education/student aid, medical profession training, scientific and technological research, economic development and tax incentives, and medical device procurement, among others.
- Assisting the Society of Nuclear Medicine in implementing its comprehensive public policy advocacy strategy, including providing strategic guidance, lobbying support, and monitoring. A key success was helping preserve $12 million for a Department of Energy nuclear medicine research program, which faced elimination in the federal government’s fiscal year 2012 budget.
- Assisting a nonprofit research foundation devoted to facilitating the development of early prostate cancer detection systems, including drafting and obtaining unanimous passage of a House resolution calling for increased federal funding for prostate imaging research and advocating in support of bipartisan legislation that would establish a new prostate detection and treatment initiative involving the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. In prior years, Dan assisted this client in obtaining nearly $7 million in federal funding.
- Advising a major publicly traded automotive supplier on developing its successful application for a multimillion dollar conditional loan commitment from the US Department of Energy to develop fuel efficient components for alternative fuel vehicles through the Alternative Technology Vehicle Loan Program.
- Collaborating with attorneys in the corporate and regulatory practice groups to develop and implement political and legislative strategies to improve a draft rule being considered by the Federal Trade Commission for a consumer products company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Dan and his colleagues also assisted the company in developing congressional support for its positions and in generating congressional action on this issue, including obtaining an opportunity for a corporate official to testify before the House Small Business Committee.
- Working with a major pediatric-focused hospital in the eastern US to advocate for legislation and policy that will improve access to quality health care for children, in areas such as pediatric auto safety and state-of-the-art medical simulation.
- Assisting a client in developing and implementing a congressional and executive branch strategy for obtaining beneficial modifications to federal clean energy tax incentives and reducing obstacles for increased utilization of such incentives.
- Assisting a US manufacturer in obtaining a $5 million working capital line of credit to support its exports.
- Serving as primary Washington counsel in support of a regional passenger rail project in Pennsylvania, including helping obtain nearly $20 million in appropriations over several years for engineering and design work, advising on issues before the Federal Transit Administration, and working on legislation authorizing the final construction phase.
- Working through the US Congress and with various government agencies, assisting an association in the wound care industry to resolve regulatory issues, intervene on Medicare coverage decisions, and support advocacy on matters regarding diabetes care.
- Advising hospitals on the implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, legislation enacted as part of the economic stimulus law that created an incentive payment program to cover partially the costs of transitioning to electronic health records system.
- Assisting a Community Development Financial Institution in implementing its federal strategy, including building relationships with Congress and senior officials at executive branch agencies.
Upon the completion of his term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Dan joined Arent Fox in 2003. After his nomination to a Republican seat on the Board by President Clinton, he was confirmed by the US Senate in November 1999 and served in both the Clinton and Bush Administrations as one of five full-time members of the Board. He participated in the authorization of more than $20 billion in US export financing in sectors such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, advanced medical equipment, and agriculture for buyers throughout the world. He was a frequent speaker at trade and economic development conferences and other events in 29 states and seven countries and worked on trade finance initiatives with the governments of Mexico, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uzbekistan. Dan also directed the Bank’s Environmental Exports Program, including a renewable energy exports initiative. He served as one of three audit committee members, responsible for the selection and oversight of the bank’s external and internal auditors, and worked to resolve corporate governance issues.
Prior to his position at the Export-Import Bank, Dan ran Renberg Strategies, LLC, a Washington, DC consulting and lobbying firm that represented private and public sector clients, including nonprofits, before legislative and executive branches in the areas of transportation, higher education, health care, and economic development, including successful efforts to obtain federal appropriations legislation. Dan is the former legislative director and deputy chief of staff to US Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), for whom he managed a 13-person legislative staff and assisted on all legislative issues, including annual appropriations bills, with particular emphasis on transportation, budget, environment, energy, and health care policy.
Publications, Presentations, and Recognitions
Dan is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences on export finance throughout the United States, including several appearances at the National District Export Council Conference on topics such as Environmental Export Strategies.
He also is a sought-after presenter to leading NGOs and other nonprofit organizations that seek his insights on policy and legal developments critical to their missions. Among these is the Blair County, PA, Chamber of Commerce where he has led discussions on topics that include developments in Congress relative to the charitable tax deduction and other policy issues central to such organizations.
Dan often works with the firm’s automotive industry practice group on legislative and regulatory matters, a group that was selected in 2011 as one of the “Top Five Practices in California” by the Daily Journal.
Dan’s publications include two books: A House of Ill Repute (editor); 1987, and Congress in the Information Society (author); 1986, and several law journal articles.
Dan has been listed in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Life Beyond the Law
In his spare time, Dan is a devoted husband and father of three and part-time chauffeur/batting practice pitcher for his children. Always one to hog the remote control at home, he can usually be found alternating between CSPAN 2’s coverage of the US Senate and ESPN sports programming.
Blog Posts by Dan H. Renberg
On December 5, 2013, the House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) by a vote of 325 to 91. This bill, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), is designed to curtail the abuses of so-called “patent trolls” and to supplement provisions of the America Invents Act, which went into effect on September 16, 2011. In contrast to the fairly quick action by the House, the Senate is working at a slower pace and will hold its first hearing on the differing Senate version of this legislation, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act (S. 1720), later in December, with committee consideration likely delayed until 2014.
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