Thursday, May 31, 2007

Senate Ho! Debate Over the Patent Reform Act Moves Forward

The US Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on on the Patent Reform Act of 2007 next Wednesday (June 6). The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is titled "Patent Reform: The Future of American Innovation" and will take place at 10:00 am in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

Currently the Judiciary Committee has not released a witness list, but it is expected to be published by early next week. No further hearings have been scheduled in the House of Representatives following its last hearing on April 26. However, "informal discussions" may be held with interested parties.

Visit the Judiciary Committee website for updates (link).


The witness list has been released:

Panel I
The Honorable Jon W. Dudas Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Department of Commerce Alexandria, VA
Panel II
Mr. Bruce G. Bernstein Chief Intellectual Property and Licensing Officer InterDigital Communications Corporation King of Prussia, PA
Ms. Mary Doyle Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Palm, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA
Mr. Moshe Malina Director and Chief Patent Counsel Citi New York, NY

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