The proposed Patent Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1145)

Patent protection laws are key to the success of union-inventor partnerships. This proposed legislation is seen by inventors and unions as favoring large, multinational and foreign corporations, as weakening U.S. patent protection laws, and as a threat to U.S. workers and U.S. economic prosperity.

Major U.S. labor unions are taking action to help protect intellectual property. America's two largest labor organizations, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, as well as the National Association of Patent Practitioners, venture capitalists, engineers, and research universities, have joined with American inventors in voicing opposition to the proposed Patent Reform Act of 2007.

Statements/letters supporting effective patent laws and opposing effects of proposed Patent Reform Act of 2007:

AFL-CIO Exec Council's March 2008 Resolution
Change to Win's Feb 26, 2008 letter
National Association of Patent Practitioners' Dec 27, 2007 letter
Venture Capitalists' Nov, 2007 letter
Communication Workers of America's September 5, 2007 letter
Professional and Technical Engineers union IFPTE August 3, 2007 letter
Scientists and Engineeers union IEEE April 27, 2007 letter
Nationwide business opposition letters

Dr. Raymond Damadian, inventor of the medical MRI system and the 2007 National Inventor of the Year, is one of many prominent American innovators who recognize the significant damage that so called patent reform can cause to America's ability to create and retain good jobs. See Dr. Damadian's Jan 2008 Letter to Sen Clinton opposing the proposed Patent Reform Act of 2007.

Supporters of the proposed patent law reform include major technology companies such as Microsoft. Their discussions of the issue are presented at the Coalition for Patent Fairness Website