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Letters to Congress

06/05/2007 - James Sensenbrenner - Committee on the Judiciary

I am writing about H.R. 1908, the Patent Reform Act of 2007, currently pending before the full Judiciary Committee. As I stated at the subcommittee markup last month, I do not believe that we have adequately considered all relevant issues concerning this legislation. I am concerned that the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property Subcommittee has thrust a bill into the hands of the full committee without and adequate hearing record and requisite consensus achieved in advance. Here are ten examples of issues that have received little or no debate More...

08/03/2007 - Gregory J. Junemann, President
International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers

As President of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, I am writing to express my concern that the passage of the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (H.R. 1908 & S. 1145) could seriously threaten our nation's competitive edge in industries that rely on innovation. More...

07/31/2007 - Holly R. Hart
Legislative Director - United Steel Workers

On behalf of the more than 850,000 members of the United Steelworkers union, I want to share with you concerns that have recently been brought to our attention by some of our domestic manufacturers regarding patent reform legislation that may be considered by the House and Senate in the near future. In its current state, The Patent Reform Act of 2007, H.R. 1908 and S. 1145, could undermine innovation and job creation in America. Two aspects of these bills are particularly problematic for our members, namely the post award-patent review process and the strict guidelines limiting damages to patent holders from illegal infringers that have violated their patents. Additionally, we are concerned with the trade and competitiveness implications of the legislation. More...

07/17/2007 - Robert D. Budens, President
Patent Office Professional Association

The Patent Office Professional Association (POPA) represents the more than 5,000 patent examiners and other patent professionals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As such, we have a keen interest in legislation that affects the USPTO and its employees. More...

09/04/2007 - Mark G. Heesen, National Venture Capital Association

We appreciate your continuing efforts to enact comprehensive patent reform legislation that rewards inventors for their innovation. With the action taken by the House Judiciary Committee at the July 18th mark-up, we believe the Patent Reform Act now includes several significant improvements More...

06/11/2007 - Jeff Sessions, Chuck Grassley, Sam Brownback

Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Specter:

We write to you about S. 1145. the Patent Reform Bill of 2007. We commend you for tackling the important issue of patent reform. We agree that it is important to update our nation's patent system to ensure better patent quality and to preserve property rights in the inventions that drive our economy. However. after last week's hearing, it is obvious that there are multiple issues that need to be reviewed and discussed before the Committee is prepared to mark up the bill. More...

07/24/2007 - AFL-CIO William Samuel, Director

Recently we have heard from a number of manufacturers regarding their concerns with certain sections of H.R. 1908 and the effect it will have on the U. S. patent system. Many of our union members work in manufacturing, and we want to make sure that patent law reforms do not undermine our leadership in innovation, and that they help the American economy produce good new jobs and products at home. More...

09/30/2007 -

John Boehner - Republican Leader and Roy Blunt - Republican Whip

We are writing to express concerns about the pending patent reform legislation (11.R. 1908). As you know. patents are the lifeblood of the enormously diverse economic engines that drive our economy. That diversity is one of the reasons that the United States economy is the strongest in the world. While our patent system is in need of reform, we are very concerned that the bill in its present form picks winners and losers among industries with different business models in a way that has never before been attempted in patent [aw or practice. More...

06/19/2007 - National Organizations

The more than 200 undersigned organizations are writing to voice serious concerns with certain provisions of The Patent Reform Act of 2007, S. 1145 and H.R. 1908. While we share the goal of making America more innovative and competitive, we find that certain aspects of the legislation will inadvertently accomplish the exact opposite by undermining the value of patents. This will hinder innovation across the diverse sectors of the American economy we represent, including academia, agriculture, alternative energy, biotechnology, chemical, electronics, environmental technology, financial services, information technology, life sciences, manufacturing, nanotechnology, and telecommunications. More...