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November 04, 2008


"President-Elect Obama has the ear of more than just a handful of law school professors, and that the President-Elect will also be listening to patent practitioners."


I've heard from other sources that Obama may be much more of a pragmatist, than idealogue, and does consult with other experts in the field you might be surprised he would talk to for advice. We'll have to see if this pans out in our area as well.

Thanks for the article and for this site.
Rahm Emanuel was a big supporter of the Patent Reform Act of 2007 - this is disconcerting in the least.
Do you have comments about this (especially as a Chicago-based patent attorney who may know Rahm Emanuel "up-close")


I'm sorry - the article was by Donald - sorry I did not give Donald credit.
Donald and/or Kevin - any comments?


"Rahm Emanuel was a big supporter of the Patent Reform Act of 2007 - this is disconcerting in the least."


I should say so. I've read a few items on Emanuel and he's a "take no prisioners" kind of guy when it comes to politics. Extremely partisan, "winning is everything", no concept of "reaching across the aisle." We can only hope that he'll be distracted by other matters higher on his "radar screen" (there are plenty involving the current "sick" American economy) and that so-called "patent reform" isn't one of them.

While Rep. Emanuel was a cosponsor of H.R. 1908 (Patent Reform Act of 2007), there were 22 other cosponsors. In addition, as we noted back in September 2007 when the House bill passed, Democrats voted 160-58 in favor of the bill and Republicans voted 117-60 against the bill. Thus, patent attorneys supporting Obama's candidacy had to know that there was a good chance the President-Elect would select a few proponents of H.R. 1908 to serve in key positions within his administration. The key will be whether President-Elect Obama seeks input from various sources (including patentees and patent practitioners, as well as those in the biotech/pharma sector). I believe he will.

In addition, it appears that Rep. Emanuel's support for H.R. 1908 was based, at least in part, by what the IT industry was telling him about the patent system (see http://www.dems.gov/index.asp?Type=B_PR&SEC=%7BD68CD0B2-1442-4804-9F6B-AF67DE7FF585%7D&DE=%7B56262048-F57D-4C05-A3EA-E098004BA40A%7D). Thus, it is imperative that the biotech/pharma industry let President-Elect Obama and members of the 111th Congress know exactly how it feels about patent reform.

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