The following useful information was sent out by the United Inventors Association. Much like HR400, S507 in its ENTIRETY is bad legislation.
S. 507 (the Senate version of H.R. 400) is scheduled for Judicial Committee hearings on Wednesday, May 7. The hearings will be at 10 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Office Building.
S. 507 includes publication of patent applications 18 months after filing (the clock starts ticking with the filing of a provisional patent application or a formal patent application) . . . expanded reexamination . . . prior user rights . . . making the PTO a government corporation. S. 507 does NOT include protection for inventors from invention scam companies which was included in H.R. 400.
Inventors do not have a champion in the Senate as they were fortunate to have in the House. Therefore, it will be more difficult to capture the attention of Senators.
If there is any hope of amending S. 507 as H.R. 400 was amended, try taking the following actions:
1.) Send written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing S.507. Be sure to include your name, address, company name, affiliation with an inventors group, if any.
Republican Office: 224 Dirksen Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202/224-5225 Fax: 202/224-9516 Democrat Office: 147 Dirksen Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202/224-7703
2.) Call your local paper. Ask for the business editor. Ask him or her if they are covering Senate Bill 507 which, if passed, will devastate the future patents of independent inventors and small businesses of America. If they are interested in the story, they can call the United Inventors Assn. for more information at (617) 367-4540.
3.) Write, call or e-mail every member of the Judiciary Committee. (Of course, if one or more of these are your senators, your position will be carry more weight.) They are:
4.) Write to your own Senators. Most of them, like the Congressmen, are unfamiliar with this legislation that is supposed to "improve" the U.S. patent system.
5.) Last, but not least, the President supports S. 507. I think he should also receive letters from the inventors of the United States who oppose the premature exposure of their patent applications and the dilution of the exclusivity of their patents by forcing them to grant free licenses to secret prior users.
In your communications, I urge you to be courteous. The facts speak for themselves as we saw and heard so eloquently in the House debates. Your letters, calls and e-mails made a huge difference in the House and they will make a difference again.
Joanne Hayes-Rines, President United Inventors Assn. P.S. You can track the progress of S. 507 and download the bill from the following site - http://thomas.loc.gov
by Joanne Hayes-Rines, President UIA-USA 4/ 24/ 97
HOUSE VOTED: NO EARLY PUBLICATION OF PATENT APPLICATIONS!!!
After 3 hours of debate, the House of Representatives passed HR 400 with an extremely favorable amendment. By a vote of 220-193 an amendment introduced by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) passed. This amendment exempts "small businesses, universities, and individual inventors from the provisions of the bill that require publication of patent applications 18 months after filing. The amendment would permit early publication of a patent application only if the data exists in the public domain of other countries; if an application has been pending for more than five years and the Patent Office determines publication to be in the public interest; or if it has been determined that the inventor has intentionally delayed the patent granting procedures."
Also, we understand that the issue of re-examination of patent applications was deleted from H.R. 400. This is a wonderful victory for independent inventors and small businesses!!
Now, on to the Senate. If you have time to thank those who spoke so eloquently on your behalf, I'm sure they would appreciate it. They are Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Rep. Michael Forbes (R-NY) and Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA). Each of you who took the time to call your Congressmen should congratulate yourselves and be proud that the system works . . . people listened because you spoke out!!!
P.S. The final version of the bill will be available on the web at http://www.house.gov
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