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Head of BlackBerry Company Among Those Testifying at Patent Quality Enhancement Hearing Wednesday
[April 04, 2006]

Head of BlackBerry Company Among Those Testifying at Patent Quality Enhancement Hearing Wednesday

(Comtex Business Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)Apr 04, 2006 (U.S. Newswire via COMTEX) --News Advisory

What: Oversight Hearing entitled, "Patent Quality Enhancement in the Information-Based Economy"

Who: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property - Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-Tex.), Chairman

When: 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Where: 2141 Rayburn Building

Many are concerned about patent quality and its effect on the economy. Patents of questionable scope or validity waste valuable resources by inviting third-party challenges and ultimately discourage private-sector investment. Issues to be Addressed...

-- The extent to which the quality of U.S.-issued patents has deteriorated in recent years and the resulting effect on the American economy.

-- Are most patents issued by PTO of poor quality? What needs to be done on the front-end of the system to improve patent quality? Do examiners have sufficient time to research applications? Does the PTO need more funding?

-- Should Congress create or designate special "patent courts" to adjudicate disputes?

-- How can Congress improve administrative proceedings at the back-end of the system - through reexamination and post-grant opposition - to improve patent quality?

-- Are high-tech companies singled-out for unfair treatment in patent lawsuits?

Witnesses: The Honorable Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Mr. Robert A. Stewart, Director and Chief Patent Counsel of the Americas, UBS AG; Mr. Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO, Research in Motion (RIM), manufacturers of the BlackBerry; Mr. Mark Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School.

Jeff Lungren or Terry Shawn, 202-225-2492,
both of the Committee on the Judiciary;

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