Patent Reform Hearing

The Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property held a legislative hearing on HR 2795. You can find the testimony at the preceding link. CNet’s coverage: Techies weigh in on patent bill

At the session–convened by the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property–a panel of witnesses aired their views on two sets of proposed changes to the Patent Reform Act of 2005. The panel included people from the software, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Both sets of changes would pare down the original proposal, introduced in June by Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican. Notably absent in the latest drafts is a “second window” provision that would have established a system for challenging patents virtually any time after they’re granted. That change elicited some concern at the hearing from companies that are members of the Business Software Alliance and from Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat.

But many other portions of the bill remain intact and enjoy support.