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February 04, 2008
#08-05

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Jennifer Rankin Byrne
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Media Advisory, 08-05

Commerce Under Secretary to Address Bush Administration’s Views on Patent Reform Act of 2007

Washington, D.C. – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Jon Dudas will highlight by teleconference on Tuesday, February 5, the Bush administration’s views letter provided to members of the Senate regarding the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1145).

WHO Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas

WHAT Media availability to discuss administration’s views on S. 1145

WHEN Tuesday, February 5, 2008 10:30 a.m. ET (call in by 10:25 a.m.)

Reporters should call 800-779-8694 and enter the code #35841 to participate in the call.

Background
The administration strongly opposes S. 1145 in its current form, but strongly supports passage of balanced patent modernization legislation. Any changes must be carefully considered and balanced to encourage all innovators and business models. The administration opposes S. 1145 because it does not strike the right balance for all innovators. Unless the provisions limiting inventors’ rights to obtain damages are significantly revised, the administration believes the resulting harm to the U.S. intellectual property (IP) system would outweigh the bill’s many useful reforms.

The administration continues to strongly support the passage of patent modernization legislation that improves patent quality and reduces litigation costs. In fact, the administration agrees with many of the bill’s provisions— and believes that those provisions pertaining to applicant quality submissions are the only ones that serve to maximize quality in the U.S. IP system. The administration will continue to work with Congress to enact legislation that will promote innovation throughout all sectors of the economy.

To access the letter in its entirety, go to: http://www.ogc.doc.gov/ogc/legreg/letters/110/S1145020408.pdf

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