Sovereign Immunity is an issue which effects all working in public institutions. Background on this issue can be found here. Sovereign Immunity is an issue which effects all working in public institutions. The AUTM Executive Committee and Board of Trustees agreed that it is in AUTM's interest to formulate a response to the proposed S.2031 - the Intellectual Property Protection Restoration Act of 2002 - currently before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. AUTM has decided to take a position in regards to the bill due to the considerable influence it may have on the technology transfer community in the United States. The AUTM Board approved a letter of response, which best represents the interests of the AUTM membership, and mailed it to the Judiciary Committee on the organization's behalf.