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February 7, 2008

The Patent Union

An brotherhood of unions forge opposition to patent tomfoolery in the Senate -

[P]rovisions contained in S. 1145, the Patent Reform Act of 2007, that we believe could undermine the competitiveness of U.S. industry and put our members' jobs at risk.

The missive was reportedly faxed to all senators. Its thrust -

We are particularly concerned about three areas in this proposed legislation: changes to how damages for infringement are calculated; changes to the post-grant procedures; and changes to whose pending applications get published prior to the grant of a patent. All of these changes increase the likelihood of American inventions being stolen and provide incentives for American manufacturers to simply license their technology for production overseas. This is unacceptable.

Signers:
    Building & Construction Trades Department (BCTD), AFL-CIO
    Communications Workers of America (CWA)
    Department for Professional Employees (DPE), AFL-CIO
    International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
    International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers (IBB)
    International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
    International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
    International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
    Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
    Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO
    Patent Office Professional Association (POPA)
    United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA)
    UNITE HERE
    United Steelworkers (USW)

Posted by Patent Hawk at February 7, 2008 12:03 AM | The Patent System

Comments

Viva la Revolucion!

Posted by: Pissed_Off_Citizen at February 7, 2008 6:28 AM

I just don't get it

How come is this "reform' is still alive when pretty much everybody is against it ?
(Except for the Coalition members -a relatively few washed up large tech corporations)

I guess the Coalition members, after being sued many times over by evil patent trolls for willfull patent infringement, still have enough money to keep their execs on the Forbes 400 list and buy US Congress wholesale...

Posted by: angry dude at February 7, 2008 10:57 AM