September 6, 2011
The Honorable Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell:
The Coalition for Patent Fairness writes to provide our support for Senate passage of H.R. 1249, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. We urge Senators to support cloture on and oppose all amendments to this important legislation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 23, 2011: The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) issued the following the passage of H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act.
“The Coalition for Patent Fairness congratulates Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and the U.S. House of Representatives on the passage of H.R. 1249, the America Invents Acts. The House bill is a step forward in the long process of patent reform.
“Chairman Smith and the members of the House Judiciary Committee should be applauded for their commitment to promoting patent fairness and strengthening America’s patent system. We look forward to continuing to work with Members in the Senate and House as the legislation moves forward.”
Coalition for Patent Fairness Applauds House Judiciary Committee Passage of Patent Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 14, 2011: The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) issued the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 1249, The America Invents Act:
“The Coalition for Patent Fairness congratulates Chairman Lamar Smith and Members of the House Judiciary Committee on passage of The America Invents Act. Under their leadership, improvements have been made to H.R. 1249 that promote a more balanced, higher quality patent system.
“We applaud the Committee for its work to ensure the America Invents Act achieved a consensus among stakeholders and broad support among various industries.
“The Coalition for Patent Fairness offers our support of the legislation and while we will seek further improvements, we look forward to continuing our support while preserving the tech friendly features.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 14, 2011: The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) sent the following letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith:
April 14, 2011
The Honorable Lamar Smith
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Smith:
On behalf of the Coalition for Patent Fairness, a group representing innovative technology companies creating jobs in America, we thank you for your leadership on H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 30, 2011: The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) issued the following statement following the hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet on patent reform:
"Patent reform has been a lengthy and complicated process and we commend the House for debating this topic. America’s top innovators and job creators depend on a fair and equitable patent system, thus consensus must be achieved during this debate.
"Today’s testimony correctly highlighted some of our concerns with the bill including the language related to inter partes re-examination and supplemental examination. We will continue to support prior user rights and a robust funding structure for the Patent and Trademark Office, and work with Congress to resolve our concerns.
"Getting patent reform right is critical to our economy and the Coalition for Patent Fairness looks forward to improving the bill throughout this process."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 8, 2011: The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) issued the following statement regarding Senate passage of S.23:
"The Senate process improved S.23 by removing the damages, venue, and willfulness provisions before the final vote; however, we continue to have concerns about the bill and could not support its passage at this time.
"As the bill moves into the House, we're looking forward to working with Members to address these concerns. The Coalition for Patent Fairness stands ready to help reach a consensus on the most efficient way to lessen the growing burden of abusive and unjustified patent infringement claims.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 1, 2011: The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) issued the following statement applauding the passage of the Manager’s Amendment on S. 23.
“The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) applauds the passage of the Manager’s Amendment on S. 23 and we thank Chairman Leahy, Senators Grassley, Kyl, Udall, Bennet, Coons, Brown, Risch, Crapo, Feinstein and many others for their leadership. The amendment provides much needed language to strike the damages and venue provisions, and is an improvement from the bill’s original language.
“Thanks to the manager's amendment, the bill is moving in a promising direction and will be working with Senators to improve the legislation as we go forward. The high tech community still supports additional changes.
February 28, 2011
The goal of the Coalition for Patent Fairness is to develop a balanced, effective, and strong patent system for the 21st century. The provisions outlined in S. 23, scheduled to be debated by the Senate, do not yet meet this goal.
Portions of the current bill – including the inter partes reexam, damages, and venue sections – remain objectionable to the technology community and we believe most stakeholders would support removing those sections.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 16, 2011: The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) issued the following statement today in response to the plan presented by Senate Democratic Leadership.
"The Coalition for Patent Fairness applauds Senate Majority Leader Reid, Assistant Majority Leader Durbin, Senator Schumer and Senator Murray for laying out an aggressive agenda to keep the United States competitive in the global market.
"As the Senate continues to debate patent reform legislation, the Coalition for Patent Fairness stands ready to help reach a consensus on the most efficient way to lessen the growing burden of abusive and unjustified patent infringement claims.
"While we are encouraged by the changes made to the bill reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee from earlier versions, we continue to have concerns with the current Senate bill. The Coalition for Patent Fairness believes that additional changes need to be made to the bill to reflect the concerns of America's leading technology innovators and job creators as they continue to driving the economic recovery."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 11, 2011: The Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF) issued the following statement in advance of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on patent reform.
"The Coalition for Patent Fairness applauds the House of Representatives for debating the issue of patent reform, but cautions that current approaches may misdiagnose America’s systemic patent problem and puts jobs at risk.
“Congress can continue to treat the symptoms of our strained patent system, or we can give the PTO the tools it needs to fix itself. We need new and substantive legislation that gives the PTO the ability to crack down on invalid patents, non-practicing entities and false marking cases, because these issues stifle innovation and threaten American businesses.
“The stakes are too high to take a step backward; we must carefully upgrade our patent system before American innovation becomes obsolete.”