Leahy Announces Witness List For Next Week’s Patent Troll Hearing
WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2013) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Friday released a witness list for the December 17 hearing on bipartisan legislation to combat so-called “patent trolls.” New England Federal Credit Union President and CEO John Dwyer, from Williston, Vt., is among those scheduled to testify. Leahy has also invited Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America, to appear before the panel.
“When small businesses in Vermont and across the country are threatened with patent lawsuits merely for offering wi-fi to their customers or using document scanners in their offices, we can all agree the system is not being used as intended,” said Leahy. “I am committed to passing effective legislation that will help innovators and inventors succeed, and I look forward to next week’s hearing on this important subject.”
Leahy joined with Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) to introduce the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act in November. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 17, at 10 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Member statements, witness testimony, and a live webcast will be available online on Tuesday.
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Hearing before the
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
“Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse”
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
John J. Dwyer, Jr.
President & CEO
New England Federal Credit Union
President & CEO
Printing Industries of America
Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Litigation
Adobe Systems, Inc.
San Jose, CA
Philip S. Johnson
Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Johnson & Johnson
Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform
New Brunswick, NJ
Steve Bossone, Ph.D.
Vice President, Intellectual Property
Harry A. Wolin
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
The Honorable Q. Todd Dickinson
Executive Director, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Former Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
David Carle: 202-224-3693
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