Press Release

CPF Supports Bill To Prevent PTO Furloughs

Chairman Conyers and Ranking Member Smith Offer Solution to Pending Furloughs at Patent Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 7, 2009: The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) issued the following statement regarding legislation offered by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers and Ranking Member Lamar Smith to provide funding for the United States Patent and Trademark Office to prevent pending furloughs:

“CPF supports efforts in Congress to ensure that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has the resources it needs to review patent applications in a timely manner in order to facilitate innovation and job creation. With this legislation, Chairman Conyers and ranking Member Smith have put forward a responsible solution to ensure the PTO continues to operate and that pending layoffs that will lead to additional delays in patent processing do not occur.

“CPF also supports broader reform to ensure the U.S. patent system remains the premier patent system in the world. CPF supports comprehensive and fair patent reform legislation that will foster job creation, support innovation, protect patent integrity, speedily resolve disputes and curb abuse of the patent system.”

The Coalition for Patent Fairness is a diverse group of companies and industry associations dedicated to enhancing U.S. innovation, job creation, and competitiveness in the global market by modernizing and strengthening our nation’s patent system.

Contact: Amos Snead, Amos.Snead@StoryPartnersDC.com 
For more information, visit http://www.patentfairness.org.