The Week Ahead: Congress to Hold Hearings on Copyright and Patents

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
July 29, 2013

Four hearings on Capitol Hill this week will focus on intellectual property issues related to cellphone unlocking, standard essential patents, copyright, and cross-border intellectual property rights under a new trade agreement.

Tuesday, July 30

Senate Hearing on “Standard Essential Patent Disputes and Antitrust Law”
Senate Judiciary Committee
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Tuesday, July 30, 10 a.m. ET
Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room 226
A live webcast will be available.

  • A. Douglas Melamed, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Intel Corp
  • Donald J. Rosenberg, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Qualcomm
  • Suzanne Munck, Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property, Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • John D. Kulick, Ph.D., Chair, Standards Association Board, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Wednesday, July 31

House Markup of H.R. 1123, The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act
House Judiciary Committee
Wednesday, July 31, 10 a.m. ET
Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2141

Thursday, August 1

House Hearing on “Innovation in America: The Role of Technology”
House Judiciary Committee
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:30 a.m. ET
Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2141
A live webcast will be available.
Witnesses: To be announced.

House Hearing on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Outlook and Opportunities”
House Foreign Affairs Committee
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 1:30 p.m. ET
Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2200
A live webcast will be available.

  • Edward F. Gerwin, Jr., President, Trade Guru LLC
  • Amgad Shehata, Vice President, International Public Affairs, United Parcel Service
  • Steven Metalitz, Counsel, International Intellectual Property Alliance
  • Celeste Drake, Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist, The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations