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PATENT ACT OF 2005

HEARING

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, THE INTERNET,

AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, JR., Wisconsin, Chairman HENRY J. HYDE, Illinois

JOHN CONYERS, JR., Michigan HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina

HOWARD L. BERMAN, California LAMAR SMITH, Texas

RICK BOUCHER, Virginia ELTON GALLEGLY, California

JERROLD NADLER, New York BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia

ROBERT C. SCOTT, Virginia STEVE CHABOT, Ohio

MELVIN L. WATT, North Carolina DANIEL E. LUNGREN, California

ZOE LOFGREN, California WILLIAM L. JENKINS, Tennessee

SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas CHRIS CANNON, Utah

MAXINE WATERS, California SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama

MARTIN T. MEEHAN, Massachusetts BOB INGLIS, South olina

WILLIAM DELAHUNT, Massachusetts JOHN N. HOSTETTLER, Indiana

ROBERT WEXLER, Florida MARK GREEN, Wisconsin

ANTHONY D. WEINER, New York RIC KELLER, Florida

ADAM B. SCHIFF, California DARRELL ISSA, California

LINDA T. SANCHEZ, California JEFF FLAKE, Arizona

CHRIS VAN HOLLEN, Maryland MIKE PENCE, Indiana

DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Florida J. RANDY FORBES, Virginia STEVE KING, Iowa TOM FEENEY, Florida TRENT FRANKS, Arizona LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas

PHILIP G. KIKO, General Counsel-Chief of Staff
PERRY H. APELBAUM, Minority Chief Counsel

SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, THE INTERNET, AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

LAMAR SMITH, Texas, Chairman HENRY J. HYDE, Ilinois

HOWARD L. BERMAN, California ELTON GALLEGLY, California

JOHN CONYERS, JR., Michigan BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia

RICK BOUCHER, Virginia WILLIAM L. JENKINS, Tennessee

ZOE LOFGREN, California SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama

MAXINE WATERS, California BOB INGLIS, South Carolina

MARTIN T. MEEHAN, Massachusetts RIC KELLER, Florida

ROBERT WEXLER, Florida DARRELL ISSA, California

ANTHONY D. WEINER, New York CHRIS CANNON, Utah

ADAM B. SCHIFF, California MIKE PENCE, Indiana

LINDA T. SANCHEZ, California J. RANDY FORBES, Virginia

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PATENT ACT OF 2005

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, THE INTERNET,

AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY,
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,

Washington, DC. The Subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:20 a.m., in Room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building, the Honorable Lamar Smith (Chair of the Subcommittee) presiding.

Mr. SMITH. Good morning. The Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property will come to order.

Let me say that I should have had more faith in our witnesses and in the audience. I had no idea you all would be here and be so prompt. When the building was closed this morning, I thought, "Well, we'll be lucky to start at 10:00;" then I backed it up to 9:30. Then I get a call that three of our witnesses have already showed up at 9:00, so I realized that we're going forward pretty much on time as expected. So thank you for your promptness, for your interest, and for your diligence in coming even though there was a delay, as you all know, getting into the building this morning.

I'm going to recognize myself for an opening statement, then the Ranking Member, and then we'll proceed.

Today marks our third hearing on patent reform in the 109th Congress. The first two focused on the contents of a Committee Print. I want to take a moment to commend the Members of this Subcommittee, all of the witnesses, and other interested parties who have contributed so much to this project over the past 6 months.

To arrive at this point is no small accomplishment, given the scope of the bill and its eventual application to so many lives and jobs. The bill in its current form is, without question, the most comprehensive change to U.S. patent law since Congress passed the 1952 Patent Act.

This Subcommittee has undertaken such responsibility because the changes are necessary to bolster the U.S. economy and improve the quality of living for all Americans. The bill will eliminate legal gamesmanship from the current system that rewards lawsuit abuses over creativity. It will enhance the quality of patents and increase public confidence in their legal integrity.

This will help individuals and companies to obtain seed money for research, commercialize their inventions, grow their businesses, create new jobs, and offer the American public a dazzling array of products and services that make our country the envy of the world.

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