Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Committee Ranking Minority Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.) released the following joint statement on the status of patent reform in Congress:

“We appreciate the Senate’s most recent efforts to craft its compromise on patent reform legislation, but those efforts have thus far proceeded without adequate input from House members.  Now that we know the substance of the Senate’s draft compromise, House members are in the process of reviewing the proposal in order to arrive at a bill a majority of both chambers can support.  We look forward to negotiations with the Senate in the hope of achieving such a bill.”