Press Release

Members of Senate High-Tech Task Force Ask Senate Judiciary Leadership Not to Weaken the Patent Reform Act of 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 30, 2009: Today, five members of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions asking them to oppose efforts to weaken the Patent Reform Act of 2009.

“It has been suggested in some circles that the tech industry is open to modifications of the key provisions of the Senate Bill, S.515. In fact, the members of the Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) are concerned about efforts to weaken the Senate Judiciary approved bill and oppose such efforts. CPF members expressed appreciation for the principled stand in favor of a strong bill reflected in the High-Tech Task Force letter,” the Coalition for Patent Fairness said.

CPF believes in a strong and fair patent system that fosters innovation and job creation that will improve the quality of patents and ensure that small, medium and large companies have the ability to protect their intellectual property and create new products. A recent study by noted economist and former U.S. Department of Commerce official Dr. Everett Ehrlich determined that the damages reform provisions in the original Senate bill would create 100,000 new high tech jobs and that doing nothing would result in the loss of 150,000 current high technology sector jobs. Legislative reform is critical to enable the patent system to promote, rather than inhibit innovation and economic recovery.

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.