House Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, chaired by Congressman Lamar Smith (R Tex) has released a patent legislation discussion draft that includes a number of proposed patent reform measures. The House Subcommittee is scheduled to hold an oversight hearing on the discussion draft on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 4:30 PM. [Link]. The witness list includes J. Jeffrey Hawley of Eastman Kodak testifying on behalf of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO); Richard J. Lutton of Apple, testifying on behalf of the Business Software Alliance; Jeffrey Kusham, testifying on behalf of Genentech; and William LaFuze of the ABA. In a parallel action, the Senate’s newly formed Subcommittee on Intellectual Property is scheduled to hold a hearing on the patent system April 21. [Link]. [NOTE -- Strong indications are that the Senate will postpone the hearing to April 25].