Letters to Congress
06/05/2007 - James Sensenbrenner - Committee on the JudiciaryI 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
07/31/2007 - Holly R. Hart
Legislative Director - United Steel Workers
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.
09/04/2007 - Mark G. Heesen, National Venture Capital AssociationWe 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.
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.
09/30/2007 - John Boehner - Republican Leader and Roy Blunt - Republican Whip
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.
06/19/2007 - National OrganizationsThe 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...