I was told that Berman was trying hard to prevent that [Kamen testifying during the hearings on patent reform of the 110th Congress.] In his subcommittee hearing before HR 1908 was introduced, Berman said that a representative from the inventor community was invited but was "unable to come" to the hearing due to "last minute" conflicts. He also promised that there will be an opportunity for inventors to contribute to the record.
Lex Luther, a macaw, has challenged Berman to allow Luther to speak on the defects in H.R. 1908.
Lex Luther, macaw
When Lex Luther doesn't understand something, he says "What?", giving him an immediate leg up on Berman. Further, when Luther sees something he likes, he says "Wow!", suggesting a discussion with Lex might be more interesting than Berman's hearings on H.R. 1908 to date which have amounted to a cheerleader contest in Texas. Someone reportedly heard Luther mutter under his breath that Berman's slavish devotion to the advancement of patent interests only of the IT industry was giving "parrots a bad name."
Lex Luther practicing for going up the steps on Capitol Hill.
See also discussion on IPFrontline about Berman's Feb. 2007 hearing.