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Defeat the Attack on America's Patent System

HR 1429 empowers multi-national corporations & foreign competitors at the expense of American Inventors and the prosperity of our country

Call on members of Congress to oppose HR 1249, the so-called "America Invents Act" bill.

This legislation is unconstitutional.  In the name of harmonizing our patent system with international standards, we drastically weaken the legal protections offered by our own patent system.  This bill will permit multi-national corporations and foreign governments to steal the creative genius of American inventors. Chinese and other tech thieves will use our innovation to transfer American jobs overseas and destroy our industrial base. 

Call on our members of Congress NOW to stop this dramatic ripoff of American inventors and this attack on our country’s prosperity. 

Public Comments
Jun 21st, 2011
Maurice F. from Plainfield, IL signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Someone from Stateline, NV writes:
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wow, will this political class stop at nothing to destroy America's greatness.
Jun 21st, 2011
Todd S. from Lena, WI signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Michael P. from Edmonton, KY writes:
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HR 1249 must be voted down. It will destroy 200 years of American excellence and innovation. Micahel Peinsipp
Jun 21st, 2011
Malcolm W. from Los Banos, CA signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Bradley R. from Plano, TX writes:
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I am a registered patent attorney and am appalled that this bill would reverse a patent system that for 200 years contributed to America's leadership in innovation and instead reward masters of bureaucracy (giving rights to those who file first instead of those who actually invent)!
Jun 21st, 2011
Kevin H. from Anchorage, AK writes:
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For the last 200 years, the US patent system has enabled us to become the world's leader in inventions and protection of those inventions. Countless small businessmen and entrepaneurs have brought marketable items to public use. This bill would enable large corporations to out-litigate individuals to gain the upperhand in patent registration.
Jun 21st, 2011
Mario V. A. from Seminole, FL signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Alan C. from Fort Lauderdale, FL signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Alan C. from Boca Raton, FL signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Alan C. from Boca Raton, FL signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Doug S. from Bluff City, TN writes:
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Stop transforming the greatest system on the planet! Not perfect, but the best we have.
Jun 21st, 2011
Someone from Hudson, OH signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Allan V. from Stevensville, MD signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Daniel F. from Aldie, VA writes:
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HR 1249 grants patent rights to the SECOND TO FILE applicant in a significant number of cases, albeit this is an unintended consequence of the bill. A statute granting of exclusive patent rights to a SECOND TO FILE applicant is NOT supported by the U.S. Constitution. HR 1249 grants patent rights to the SECOND TO FILE applicant in about HALF of the cases that would otherwise be involved in an Interference under current law. Proponents of a first to file system argue the reason for first to file is to simplify the process of choosing which of two applications that claim the same invention should be granted patent rights. But, when two different applicants claim the same invention in applications filed about the same time, the two applications are processed through the Patent Office at different rates. Patent applications typically take 3 to 5 years for processing from filing to grant, although some busy art units take from 4 to 6 years from filing to grant. Applications processed in a single art unit will be processed at different rates: some faster and others slower than average. This difference may arise, for example, when one application is assigned to an experienced examiner and another application is assigned to a new hire requiring greater supervision. It is inevitable that when two applications claiming the same invention are filed at about the same time, one application matures into a patent before the other application matures into a patent. The first patent to grant is the first application filed in only about one-half of the cases. Of the applications that would otherwise be involved in an Interference under current law, HALF will mature into a patent based on the SECOND-TO-FILE application under HR 1249. HR 1249 establishes a "first to grant" system, not a "first to file" system. The right to enjoin a manufacturer will be granted to the "first to grant" who is actually the "second to file" in about HALF of the cases that would otherwise be involved in an Interference. Normally, this first to grant patent (based on a second to file application) will exist months or years before the rightful owner of the invention is granted a patent. Under HR 1249 the rightful owner of the patented invention is the first to file application, but the right to enjoin a manufacturer will be granted to the "first to grant" who is actually the "second to file" in about HALF of the cases that would otherwise be involved in an Interference. While the wrong patent owner has a patent, likely several years, the wrong owner can obtain an injunction and put the rightful owner of the invention out of business. However, it is entirely likely that in many cases, the first to grant patent (from a second to file application) will exist SEVERAL YEARS before the rightful owner of the invention is granted a patent. This time gap is even more exaggerated when one application pays extra money (that people liken to a bribe) for accelerated examin
Jun 21st, 2011
Rose A. from Spicewood, TX writes:
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Fight for the people!
Jun 21st, 2011
Jim M. from Apopka, FL signed.
Jun 21st, 2011
Edwin B. from Roseville, CA signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Laura B. from Costa Mesa, CA signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Bill S. from Racine, WI signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Someone from Cincinnati, OH signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Joseph P. from Tampa, FL writes:
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This is an attempt to stifle innovation. My invention will never see the light of day if this passes. (It is a good one that will benefit everyone)
Jun 20th, 2011
Cathy T. from Mount Pleasant, SC signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Jill A S. from Hilo, HI signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Jill A S. from Hilo, HI writes:
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PLEASE Defeat the Attack on America's Patent System (S.23). Continue to stand FOR the people and NOT the interests of big business, banks, and Wall Street. Thank you, Jill Savage (Hilo, HI)
Jun 20th, 2011
Bruce G. from Tulsa, OK writes:
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Why would we let anyone determine if a patent is worthless. I have seen things out on the market that I laughed at but made millions...ie the Snuggie.
Jun 20th, 2011
Sandie G. from Memphis, TN signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Robert Z. from Wilkinson, IN signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Steve A. from Oneonta, AL signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Bill P. from Hermitage, TN writes:
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I have just patented my first device and plan to patent more. This device would potentially destroy my ability to create and then, safely, license my ideas to other companies. Please vote against this monstrosity.
Jun 20th, 2011
Julie C. from Joelton, TN signed.
Jun 20th, 2011
Jane H. from Rome, NY signed.
Jun 19th, 2011
Nathaniel L. from Dayton, OR writes:
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Im sick and tired of Congressional Leaders not listening to everyday Americans about issues which affect US! Last time I checked, we live in a country with Democracy, and All of the Congressmen who vote for this should be voted out of office. Get off of small business' backs, and let us be inovators this country was run on small business!!!
Jun 18th, 2011
Someone from Atlantic Highlands, NJ signed.
Jun 18th, 2011
Orlin O. from Thompson Falls, MT writes:
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HAY CONGRESS, WE have your number also. it is, 1-800-your-out OLY
Jun 18th, 2011
Jennifer G. from Hyde Park, NY signed.
Jun 18th, 2011
Norman R. from Iuka, IL writes:
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vote NO on H.R. 1249 always upold our constitution, please........
Jun 18th, 2011
Kathy M. from Las Cruces, NM signed.
Jun 18th, 2011
stephen b. from West Chester, PA signed.
Jun 18th, 2011
David V. from Saint Paul, MN signed.