Coble to chair first hearing of the 113th Congress/Thursday hearing on abusive patent litigation
Mar 13 -
(Washington, DC)---Delayed by an illness and a snowstorm that never happened, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) will preside over his first subcommittee hearing of the 113th Congress on Thursday. Congressman Coble will chair the first hearing of the year on the topic of abusive patent litigation.
Rep. Coble, chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, says rampant patent lawsuits are stifling the U.S. economy. “We need to protect American ingenuity by discouraging frivolous patent litigation,” Rep. Coble said. “So-called patent trolls are undermining American jobs and costing American businesses millions in wasteful legal fees. I am looking forward to hearing from our distinguished witnesses as we contemplate new legislation to deal with this problem.”
This hearing was postponed last week because of Rep. Coble’s recent problem with dizzy spells and the House moving up its vote schedule to avoid a predicted snowstorm that never materialized on Capitol Hill.
Witnesses for tomorrow’s hearing include:
Mr. Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Ms. Janet Dhillon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
Mr. John Boswell, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, SAS Institute, Inc.
Mr. C. Graham Gerst, Partner, Global IP Law Group, LLC.
Mr. Phillip Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Johnson & Johnson.
Dana Rao, Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Litigation, Adobe Systems, Inc.
Thursday’s hearing will be webcast live at www.judiciary.house.gov. The hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn Building beginning at 11:30 a.m.
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