September 7, 2007
Through A Goose
The House approved H.R. 1908, 220-175. Rep. Howard Berman, D-California, a lead sponsor, honked: "The moment is ripe to move the patent system forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Serious flaws have to be fixed for our system to remain robust now and long into the future."
Republicans were more circumspect. Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP Whip Roy Blunt, R-Missouri wrote: "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 law or practice."
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California forewarned that the bill would "dramatically weaken the patent rights of ordinary Americans and make us even more vulnerable to the outright theft of American-created technology and innovation. Foreign and domestic technology thieves are licking their chops."
Supporters of the bill included consumer groups, hoping for cheaper goods because patent protection would be largely lost; large computer companies that are serial patent infringers; financial firms lacking patent portfolios; foreign firms seeking to steal intellectual property; and farm groups, who hope that by eviscerating patent protection, agribusiness suppliers couldn't make them pay so much.
Those wishing for better legislation included the Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (CAFC); patent attorneys; inventors; universities; the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; the manufacturing sector; IEEE, an organization of engineers in a multitude of disciplines; labor unions; and POPA, the patent examiners' organization. The White House, reflecting an earlier statement of opposition, may veto the legislation if the damages apportionment section is not dropped.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a similar bill, touted by chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont. Senate leaders are committed to bringing it to the floor this fall.
Prognosticators Patent Hawk and fellow chowderhead Dennis Crouch at Patently-O got it wrong in thinking the House would not have such craven disregard of national interest; pointy-headed, ivory-tower bloggers.
Posted by Patent Hawk at September 7, 2007 2:26 PM | The Patent System
First, I have to say this: "F@@K!! Now I'll have a cup.
Posted by: JohnG at September 7, 2007 2:46 PM
Just a little less than a year ago I received my first (and last) patent from the USPTO.
Took about 30 grand of my hard-earned money and 5 years of my life...
I will burn the f****** piece of shitty paper on the steps of US Congress !!!
Anybody wants to join me ?
We'll have some nice press coverage, I promise you, especially if somebody gets arrested...
Posted by: small inventor at September 7, 2007 4:35 PM