On March 22, 2013, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced legislation which aims to ensure that intellectual property (“IP”) protection and enforcement are at the forefront of every trade debate by creating a Chief Innovation and Intellectual Property Negotiator at USTR. The Innovation Through Trade Act, S. 660, stipulates that the IP Negotiator would conduct trade negotiations and enforce trade agreements relating to U.S. intellectual property and take appropriate actions to address acts and policies of foreign governments that have an adverse impact on U.S. innovation. The legislation also calls for a new statutory report to the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees on actions undertaken by the USTR to advance U.S. innovation and intellectual property rights. The IP Negotiator would be appointed by the President and hold the rank of Ambassador. Senator Hatch said that the new position would “give intellectual property and innovation the stature they deserve.” The Senate Finance Committee has yet to schedule a hearing on the bill. Given all the current issues before Congress, it is unclear when this bill will move forward.