Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) released the following joint statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee draft for patent reform:

“We are hopeful that Congress can come together to pass real and meaningful patent reform.  With regard to the proposed Senate Judiciary Committee language released today, we believe a number of changes are essential before it could be considered by the House.  We are hopeful our Senate Judiciary colleagues will consider these changes as part of their process.  We remain open and willing to work on meaningful patent reform, but must be sure that any legislation responds to abuses and improves the overall system.”