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Eagle Forum Capitol Alert
November 3, 1999
If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It!
Urge your Senators to Vote 'NO' on so-called "Patent Reform"

On Tuesday, November 2, the Senate Judiciary approved the "American Inventors Protection Act" (S.1798) sponsored by Senators Hatch and Leahy. This bill is the companion to the so-called "patent reform" bill (H.R. 1907) that passed the House on August 3. As the Nobel Laureates said, "This bill has the potential to affect the future of the country as an economic power more than any other legislation in recent history."


SELLING OUT TO MULTINATIONALS AND FOREIGNERS

The U.S. Patent Office was set up to protect the constitutional right of independent inventors to the "exclusive" ownership of their inventions for a limited number of years, after which the inventions belong to the public. The U.S. patent system is the best in the world, and this bill seeks to downgrade our system for the benefit of multinationals and foreigners.

The worst part is the re-examination section, which totally changes the position of the small inventor trying to defend himself and his patent against the big corporations. The large corporations can, at very small cost, demand re-examinations while the little guy's patent term is running. This would multiply the small inventor's cost of defending his patent while reducing the big corporations' cost of attacking patents. The result would be to undercut the presumption of validity of all existing patents.

Other countries have very different systems. The Japanese system is based on collusion between the government and the big corporations, and the Chinese Communist system is based on military control of the economy. Why should we harmonize the American system with these unsuccessful systems?

Every small business that relies on a patent is under assault by this bill. The bill is clearly written to advantage the multinational corporations and the foreigners at the expense of independent inventors, who are the chief source of American innovation and economic prosperity.


IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED

Urge your Senators to vote AGAINST
the "American Inventors Protection Act"
(S.1798). 
Senate E-mail


Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

 
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