Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Andrei Iancu will testify before the House Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing of the Patent and Trademark Office.  USPTO is the government agency that grants patents and registers trademarks for American inventions and innovations.

The hearing will examine the general function of the Patent and Trademark Office, including examining USPTO’s use of its fee setting authority and whether current law is working as intended to prevent fee diversion.  It will also examine any actions the agency has taken to address the time and attendance fraud that was brought to light in recent years.

Additionally, the hearing will examine USPTO’s implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA) to ensure that the implementation of the bill is in line with the AIA’s goals to promote innovation and create jobs.  Specifically, the Committee will be looking at USPTO’s post-grant review proceedings, which is a key component in USPTO’s efforts to combat patent litigation abuses and patent trolling.

Finally, the oversight hearing will be an opportunity to examine other important patent reform issues including how to address the patent application backlog and how USPTO can ensure patent quality.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement in advance of next week’s hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Next week, Andrei Iancu will testify before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time in his capacity as head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

“Intellectual property powers the engine of American innovation and creativity, it creates new jobs and helps grow our economy. Next week’s oversight hearing is critical to ensuring that the USPTO is carrying out its core mission of protecting America’s intellectual property.

“I look forward to hearing from Director Iancu regarding his vision for the Patent and Trademark Office and the PTO’s efforts to ensure our IP laws are being implemented fairly.”

This hearing will take place in 2241 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at https://judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally-credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.

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