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House Proceeding 03-17-09 on Mar 17th, 2009 :: 1:20:50 to 1:23:50
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Hank Johnson

1:20:32 to 1:20:53( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: the rules and pass h.r. 628. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 628, a bill to establish a pilot program in rtain united states district of expertise in patent cases among district judges. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the

Hank Johnson

1:20:50 to 1:23:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Hank Johnson

Hank Johnson

1:20:54 to 1:21:14( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson and the gentleman from texas, mr. smith, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia mr. johnson: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.

Hank Johnson

1:21:15 to 1:21:36( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: mr. johnson: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. johnson: this bill will create a pilot proam to help enhance district court expertise in patent cases. the united states patent system leads the world in strength and effectiveness.

Hank Johnson

1:21:37 to 1:21:57( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: the innovation it supports have helped create the strong e-- world's strongest economy. to help ensure it continues to play this role, we must be mindful of whether it is working as officially as it could be and whether we can improve it. in recent years, there have

Hank Johnson

1:21:58 to 1:22:20( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: been questns about the patent duration and the consistency of the decisions handed down by district courts. it's widely believed that the lack of experience and expeise most district court judges have with respect to patent and plant variety protection cases is responsible

Hank Johnson

1:22:21 to 1:22:42( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: for the wide divergence in their divisions -- decisions in these cases and their high rate of reversal on appeal. the bill establishes a pilot program to enable certain jurges in district courts to gain expertise in adjudicating

Hank Johnson

1:22:43 to 1:23:03( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: complex technical and plant variety cases this will create a cadre of judges with advanced knowledge of patent and plant variety protection through more intensified expeence in handling the cases along with special education and career development opportunities.

Hank Johnson

1:23:04 to 1:23:25( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: this should bring greater predictable in patent and plant variety protection decisions as we as greater efficiency in the processing of all cases. the bill also sets forth reporting requirements to congss which will help us guide our future efforts to further improve the patent

Hank Johnson

1:23:26 to 1:23:46( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: system. h.r. 628 had bipartisan support in the judiciary committee and broad support from the patent bar and affected industry and trade groups. in 2006, a nearly identical bill, h.r. 5418, was reported

Hank Johnson

1:23:47 to 1:23:50( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: by the judiciary committee and passed the house under suspension.

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