Patent reform hearing on Senate schedule this week

May 5, 2015

WASHINGTON (5/5/15)--The U.S. House of Representatives is on recess this week, but CUNA will be keeping a close eye on a Senate patent reform hearing scheduled for Thursday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday will host a hearing to discuss the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act (S. 1137). Introduced by committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the bill is the Senate alternative to Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) Innovation Act (H.R. 9), which was introduced in February.

CUNA will submit a letter for the hearing’s record this week, which among other things, will spell out its principles for patent reform legislation. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (ET) Thursday.

Also on the Senate floor this week:

  • Continued consideration of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act;
  • Continued consideration of the Senate Joint Resolution 8, providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures; and
  • An expected vote on the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution conference report.