August 4, 1997
We have recently learned that Senators are receiving letters from small businesses in support of S. 507, specifically noting their support of Prior User Rights as a defense against patent infringement.
More than 100 inventors and small businesses in the state of Massachusetts signed a letter opposing S. 507 and specifically outlining why they oppose the provision granting rights to Prior Secret Users. That letter with the signatures was hand delivered to the offices of the Senators from Massachusetts. Now we want to do the same thing nationwide!
Attached is a letter which we are asking you to sign if you are opposed to S. 507. (In the space for company name you may put the words "independent inventor".) It is vitally important that we gather as many signatures as possible!! With just 100 signatures from each state, we'll have 5,000 names.
We have contacts in all of the states except 12. These include:
If you know of any inventor organizations or contacts in these states please let me know their names and phone numbers so that I may contact them to help in this effort. This is a huge task but with each person taking a small piece, we can do it! Remember that the supporters of S. 507 are the giants of American industry. Both HR 400 and S 507 have been changed dramatically but the bills still strongly favor big business at the expense of the Little Guy -- that's YOU!
THE SIGNED LETTERS MUST BE SENT TO:
SHE MUST RECEIVE THE LETTERS BY MONDAY, AUGUST 25. Congress is in recess the month of August and S. 507 could easily come to the floor of the Senate right after Labor Day. All has been quiet . . . now is the time to act! Please call with any questions!
Sincerely,Carol Oldenburg Administrator UIA USA
August 25, 1997
The Honorable_____________________ U.S. Senate Washington, D.C.
Re: S. 507, The Omnibus Patent Act of 1997
Dear Senator ____________:
We, the undersigned small businesses and independent inventors from the state of ____________, are writing to you to express our great concern about S. 507, the Omnibus Patent Act of 1997.
The Judiciary Committee report on the hearings which were held on S. 507 intensified our concerns that the repercussions of this seriously flawed bill will hinder the very existence of our business and inventive activities. While S. 507 has many harmful aspects, we respectfully present to you our concerns about the provisions related specifically to Prior User Rights.
If an infringer can claim Prior User Rights as a defense, then:
We have focused on the problems which will be created by forcing patent holders to grant FREE licenses to prior secret users, but understand that we are opposed to the enactment of S. 507. As a whole, S. 507 is a bill that favors the interests of large multinational corporations at the expense of budding, developing small businesses.
On the issue of corporatizing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for example, the PTO is the one government agency that has remained scandal free during its entire history. The examination of patent applications is a quasi-judicial function which, to date, has been performed by civil service employees who are free from undue influence. If the PTO is turned into a government corporation, patent examiners will lose their civil service status and their jobs and their careers will be exposed to the vagaries of those in power.
If enacted, S. 507 will be extremely injurious to the future of America's small businesses and independent inventors. We ask that you consider these problems which will be created for America's small businesses and independent inventors and vote against S. 507. Thank you very much.
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