Fitzpatrick Partner Speaks at Congressional Hearings

July 11, 2002

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HEARINGS ON “COMPETITION & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW AND POLICY IN THE KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY”

The second week of July saw the 20th and 21st days of joint hearings by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, “Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy”. The July 10 and 11 all day sessions explored the jurisprudence of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including substantive trends and analysis, the Court’s jurisdiction, and its choice of law decisions.

On July 11, 2002 Charles P. Baker, Fitzpatrick, partner and Chair of the ABA IP Law Section, testified in his individual capacity as one experienced in patent litigation. His testimony focused on the creation of the Court to bring uniformity to the law, including law at the IP/antitrust interface.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, THE INTERNET, AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON USPTO USER FEES

Fitzpatrick, partner, Charles P. Baker, testified on July 18, 2002, before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property of the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing on a Bush Administration proposal for a wholesale revision of user fees charged by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The fee restructuring would substantially increase fees for many services, and would carry with it numerous changes in PTO operations, including major changes in options and responsibilities for searching and examination of applications. Charlie testified on behalf of the ABA and its IP Law Section, which he chairs. Other witnesses at the hearing were USPTO Director James Rogan, Michael Kirk for AIPLA, and Kathryn Barrett Park for INTA.