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House Proceeding 03-17-09 on Mar 17th, 2009 :: 1:23:55 to 1:26:25
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Lamar S. Smith

1:23:51 to 1:24:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: the legislation passed the house again under suspension in the last congress. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it now and i reserve the balance of my time. the sp gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: thank you, mr. speake i yield myself such time as amay consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.

Lamar S. Smith

1:23:55 to 1:26:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar S. Smith

1:24:12 to 1:24:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: mr. smith: it's widely recognized that pa litigation is too time consuming and too unpredictable. this bill addresses these concerns by implementing a pilot program to promote patent expertise among district judges. the need for such a program

Lamar S. Smith

1:24:33 to 1:24:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: becomes apparent when one considers that less than 1% of all cases in u.s. district courts are patent cases and a district court has a patent case proceed through file typically once every seven years. these cases require a disproportionate share of attention and the rate of

Lamar S. Smith

1:24:54 to 1:25:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: reversal remains unacceptably high. the premise underlying h.r. 628 is that practice makes perfect, or at least better. judges who regularly focus on patent cases can be expected to make better decisions. introduced by our colleagues, daryl issa and representative

Lamar S. Smith

1:25:16 to 1:25:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: schiff, this was passed unanimously under suspension of the rules in the last two congresses. it requires the director of the administrative officer of the court to select six judges to participate in a pilot program that begins no later than six months after the date of enactment. it requires them to provide the committees with periodic

Lamar S. Smith

1:25:38 to 1:25:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: progress reports. these reports will enable congress and the courts to evaluate whether the program is working and if so, whether it should be made permanent. mr. speaker, this is a creative bill that will improve the application of patent law. i want to really take a moment to thank again mr. sy issa, the gentleman from california, for

Lamar S. Smith

1:25:59 to 1:26:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: this creative idea coming up with this bill and also his personal expertise. mr. issa holds 37 tatent -- patents, which i suspect is far more than any other member of congress has held in the history of this institution, so he knows whereof he speak. it's nourprise he's come up with this productive and

Lamar S. Smith

1:26:20 to 1:26:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: constructive piece of legislation. we're pleased he's also a lead thorne judiciary committee as

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