SOURCE: Professional Inventors Alliance

September 24, 2007 08:57 ET

Professional Inventors Alliance Announces: A Secret Patent Reform Meeting Today

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 24, 2007) - Senator Leahy's staff is conducting an insider meeting today between 2 and 4 PM.

The Professional Inventors Alliance (PIAUSA.org) had heard a rumor last Wednesday that Senator Leahy's staff had scheduled a meeting as of last Monday of primarily large companies to discuss patent reform.

On Friday our call was finally returned at about 4PM EDT by Susan Davies; (Judiciary-Dem) (Susan_Davies@Judiciary-dem.senate.gov) 202-224-7703.

We offered to make leading intellectual property expert Professor Irving Kayton of Law Emeritus, George Mason University and economist Pat Choate who are knowledgeable respectively about law and the economic implications available for this meeting.

Susan Davies refused to include either of these renowned experts in the meeting. This did not come as a surprise because the rumor was that she had rebuffed attempts to include members of the inventor community and it was reported that Leahy's IP Committee staff had dismissed America's independent inventors as not being relevant.

It is a fact that 30% of domestically filed patents and the majority of breakthrough inventions come from academic or independent inventors. It is clear that these inventors are the most important source of new companies, even whole industries, jobs and tax base in America today.

We would like to make note of the fact that organized labor, which has expressed its opposition to irresponsible patent reform, does not appear to have a seat at the table either.

Patent Deform would kill America's economy by facilitating theft and transfer of American ingenuity to developing countries. The issue is will America continue to be the land of opportunity where an inventor can challenge vested interests or will we allow old stagnant interests to rule the roost?

The Professional Inventors Alliance demands that the above referenced meeting be canceled and rescheduled with all stakeholders being invited. This sort of conduct by Leahy's staff is an outrage.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ronald J. Riley
    President
    www.PIAUSA.org - RJR at PIAUSA.org
    Washington, DC
    (202) 318-1595 - 9 am to 9 pm EDT
    RJR (at) PIAUSA.org