12.05.13

Leahy: Senate Judiciary Committee To Hold Hearing On Patent Trolls This Month

December 17th Hearing To Focus On Legislation To Combat Patent Abuse

WASHINGTON (Thursday, December 5, 2013) – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this month to examine pending patent troll legislation, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday.

The hearing, titled “Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse,” comes just weeks after Leahy and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013. The bipartisan bill aims to protect businesses and innovators who are being improperly targeted by patent trolls. Witnesses at the December 17th hearing will provide testimony on the Leahy-Lee bill and other proposals before the Judiciary Committee.

“America’s patent system is the envy of the world and an engine for job creation,” Leahy said. “Supporting American innovators and protecting those who are being targeted by patent trolls is a bipartisan priority.  I look forward to hearing testimony on this important issue and working to pass meaningful legislation this Congress.”

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 December 17. 

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NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING

 

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled “Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse” for Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

By order of the Chairman.

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