Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine patent litigation at the International Trade Commission (ITC).  Specifically, the hearing will review how patent disputes are handled by the ITC to determine if the current arrangement produces results that are fair to litigants and beneficial to the American economy while also ensuring that the ITC complements the work of U.S. district courts.

Witnesses for Thursday’s hearing are:

  • Ms. Deanna Tanner Okun, Former Chairman, International Trade Commission; Partner, Adduci, Mastriani, & Schaumberg, LLP
  • Mr. John Thorne, Partner, Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel, PLLC
  • Mr. Mark L. Whitaker, Partner, Morrison & Foerster, LLP
  • Dr. Fiona M. Scott Morton, Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics, Yale School of Management
  • Mr. Thomas Stoll, Principal, Stoll IP Consulting, LLC
  • Mr. Dominic Bianchi, General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued the following statements on Thursday’s hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: “This week the IP subcommittee will review how patent disputes are handled by the International Trade Commission in an effort to ensure fairness for American businesses.  Recent alarming statistics indicate that patent assertion entities, commonly referred to as patent trolls, have used the ITC to exploit our patent laws.  These ITC cases can result in injunctions that can keep imported goods out of the U.S. market.  There are certain steps that the ITC can take to correct these problems and the Committee looks forward to a thorough examination of these potential patent litigation reform solutions.”

Subcommittee Chairman Issa: “Innovation is the heart of our global economy and the integrity of our patent system is vital to the innovators who bring new ideas to fruition every day. In recent years, however, the International Trade Commission has been co-opted as a forum to assert weak or poorly-issued patents against American businesses. We look forward to hearing from the witnesses on how we can reform this process to avoid unnecessary and costly litigation.”

Thursday’s hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at https://republicans-judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally-credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.