Lawmakers are urging the pharmaceutical and high-technology industries to forge a compromise on a proposed patent reform bill.

At a congressional hearing Thursday, Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., said the goal of legislation he introduced April 18 is to address “the inability of the current patent laws to accommodate different business models,” rather than to favor one industry over another. Berman chairs the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, which held the hearing.