Leahy Announces Witness List For Patent Reform Hearing

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, March 4, 2009) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced the list of witnesses who will testify at a Committee hearing scheduled for March 10, on patent reform.

On Tuesday, Leahy and Judiciary Committee member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Patent Reform Act of 2009 (S.515), legislation that would make the first significant reforms to the nation’s patent system in more than 50 years.  Information about the legislation, including a section-by-section summary of the bill, is available online.  The Judiciary Committee reported patent reform legislation in the 110th Congress, but further consideration was stalled on the Senate floor.

Witnesses who will testify on March 10 are:  Steven R. Appleton, Chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, Idaho; Philip S. Johnson, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey; David J. Kappos, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law and Strategy, International Business Machines Corporation; Taraneh Maghame, Vice President, Tessera, Inc., San Jose, California; Herbert C. Wamsley, Executive Director, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Washington, D.C.; Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, Stanford, California.

The hearing, “Patent Reform in the 111th Congress:  Legislation and Recent Court Decisions,” will be held on Tuesday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m. in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Overflow seating for members of the public will be available in room 328 of the Russell Senate Office Building.  The hearing will be webcast live online.  Witness testimony will also be available on the Judiciary Committee’s website.

Members of the press, especially television camera crews, should contact the Senate Daily Press Gallery or the Senate Radio-Television Gallery to reserve space at the hearing.

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