Last Thursday, March 14, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing titled “Abusive Patent Litigation: The Impact on American Innovation & Jobs, and Potential Solutions.  Those testifying before the subcommittee included representatives from Cisco, SAS, J.C. Penney, Global IP Group, Johnson & Johnson, and Adobe Systems.

The House’s site provides links to written testimony and a webcast of the hearing itself, which featured extensive questioning from members of the subcommittee.  Below are some links to other commentary on the hearing and the issues covered by it:

Lastly, due to the hearing’s focus on abusive patent litigation, the recently-reintroduced SHIELD Act was brought up several times.  In a post over at Truth On the Market, Professor Adam Mossoff takes issue with the justification for the SHIELD Act, calling the proposed legislation “a classic example of rent-seeking, discriminatory legislation.”