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Patent Reform Supported By Small Entities?

Current PTO Secretary, and former IBM IP Counsel Dave Kappos reportedly told Senate aides “that S. 23 [Patent Reform Act of 2011] has broad support of inventors and small entity business.”

A bill that makes patents subject to more expensive, duplicative examination, raises the cost of patent ownership and forces a race to the patent office to get inventions on file is broadly supported by small entities and inventors? IBM pulls in $100 B a year …I’m not sure he is using the same definition of “small entity” as the rest of us.



15 thoughts on “Patent Reform Supported By Small Entities?

  1. It is indeed telling that most smaller companies and independent innovators appear to oppose the pending patent reform bill, while many large corporations seem to welcome it with open arms. I suggest that our legislators listen to former CAFC Chief Judge Michel, who recently urged the new IP Subcommittee to pay more heed to start-ups, rather than continuing Congress’s inordinate focus on the needs of large corporations. Since some of our legislators are probably shareholders in some of those large corporations, however, I don’t know how likely they are to change their ways.

    Posted by patent litigation | February 22, 2011, 1:38 am
    • Thanks for your thoughts. I am continuing to expose the patent reform act to try and raise awareness of the actual effects it could have. Look for my post this morning about significant changes to the procedure for filing without the inventor’s oath.

      Posted by Patrick | February 22, 2011, 7:57 am
  2. So called patent reform, is clearly not designed to help start-up and individual inventors. It is designed to help large entities infringe other people’s property.

    Posted by Dale B. Halling | February 22, 2011, 9:15 am
  3. Just because they call it “reform” doesn’t mean it is. Patent reform is a fraud on America. What it will do is help large corporations maintain their monopolies and kill their small entity and startup competitors (which is exactly what they intended it to do) and with them the jobs they would have created. According to recent studies by the Kauffman Foundation and economists at the U.S. Census Bureau, “startups aren’t everything when it comes to job growth. They’re the only thing.” This bill is a wholesale slaughter of US jobs.

    Please see http://truereform.piausa.org/ for a different/opposing view on patent reform.

    Posted by staff | February 28, 2011, 9:27 am


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