On April 16, 2013, the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, held a hearing on “Abusive Patent Litigation: The Issues Impacting American Competitiveness and Job Creation at the International Trade Commission and Beyond.”  The purpose of this hearing was to discuss alleged abusive litigation practices at the International Trade Commission (“Commission”).  The hearing featured six private sector witnesses. Although the Commission was not represented at the hearing, former Commission Chairwoman Deanna Okun appeared as a witness.  On the same day, the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee hearing on Oversight of the Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws convened a hearing that featured witness testimony from Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez.  During the hearing, Ms. Ramirez testified about the potential negative effects Commission exclusion orders issued with respect to standard essential patents might have on competition and consumer welfare.  Click here for a summary of these hearings, and to find the websites, webcasts, and written testimony from the hearings.