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August 17, 2011


I wonder how much Harry Reid, Pat Leahy, Harold Rogers and Lamar Smith are getting paid by Microsoft et al. to pass this abomination. And how much the NYT and WP are getting paid to publicly support it.

Reading this post while eating was a bad idea.

This bill is horrific-PatentlyO has presented an online survey to poll patent professionals on this legislation. I request that Patent Docs allow for a similar survey.

Sorry about ruining your meal, Dan.

I also posted this on Patently-O: It looks like they all drank the same Cool-Aide:

"Thank you for contacting me with regard to H.R. 1249, the proposed America Invents Act. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

As you may know, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1249 on June 23, 2011 by a bipartisan vote of 304 – 117. This bill would make several changes to the U.S. patent system. Among the reforms included in this bill would be moving to a first-inventor-to-file system whereby the first person who independently invents something and files with the Patent Office is awarded the patent.

Furthermore, the bill would ensure that the Patent Office has the necessary resources to accomplish its mission. The goal of the legislation is to ensure the patenting process is efficient and that inventors have greater certainty of being awarded a patent for novel inventions. Both of these goals are crucial to encouraging innovation and ultimately job growth, particularly in fields such as the life sciences which rely on the development of new products. As such, I was happy to support this bill and I am hopeful that the reforms contained in it will help promote much-needed economic growth.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue. If I can be of any assistance to you or your family in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With kind regards, I am


Jim Gerlach
Member of Congress

"patent reform"

Just because they call it “reform” doesn’t mean it is.

The patent bill is nothing less than another monumental federal giveaway for banks, huge multinationals, and China and an off shoring job killing nightmare for America. Even the leading patent expert in China has stated the bill will help them steal our inventions. Who are the supporters of this bill working for??

Patent reform is a fraud on America. This bill will not do what they claim it will. What it will do is help large multinational corporations maintain their monopolies by robbing and killing their small entity and startup competitors (so it will do exactly what the large multinationals paid for) and with them the jobs they would have created. The bill will make it harder and more expensive for small firms to get and enforce their patents. Without patents we cant get funded. Yet small entities create the lion's share of new jobs. According to recent studies by the Kauffman Foundation and economists at the U.S. Census Bureau, “startups aren’t everything when it comes to job growth. They’re the only thing.” This bill is a wholesale slaughter of US jobs. Those wishing to help in the fight to defeat this bill should contact us as below.

Small entities and inventors have been given far too little voice on this bill when one considers that they rely far more heavily on the patent system than do large firms who can control their markets by their size alone. The smaller the firm, the more they rely on patents -especially startups and individual inventors.

Please see http://truereform.piausa.org/ for a different/opposing view on patent reform.

This bill is horrific-PatentlyO has presented an online survey to poll patent professionals on this legislation. I request that Patent Docs allow for a similar survey.

The problems with the patent system that President Obama has recently mentioned stem basically from problems of inefficiency at the USPTO -- due in large part to lack of funds. I still fail to see how most provisions of the current so-called patent reform bill address the patent office's organizational challenges (especially with the potential for fee diversion still being part of the picture).

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