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Leading Inventors Urge Bush to Protect Intellectual Property Rights
IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ronald J. Riley
RJR (at) PIAUSA.org
September 25, 2007
–In a letter to President Bush, Nobel Laureate John B. Fenn added his
voice to a growing group of notable American inventors working to
strengthen the patent system and foster innovation and U.S. job
creation. The letter released today called on the administration to
help fix pending patent legislation that would undermine the role of
independent inventors and venture capital in creating new U.S.
industries, and increase the control of global corporations over
American intellectual property.
The alliance called upon
the President to safeguard intellectual property rights in the face of a
heated battle by Microsoft, Cisco and other large technology
corporations to rush Senate
passage of the controversial measure, S. 1145. Its companion measure,
H.R. 1908, passed the House on September 14, 2007.
The letter stated:
“Protection of intellectual property rights is a fundamental right of
Americans. Otherwise, innovation becomes a hollow exercise and American
inventions become available for the taking. Without protection and a
reward incentive, innovation --and the venture capital that fuels it
The alliance, led by the
Professional Inventors Alliance, consists of thousands of independent
inventors and intellectual property experts, including:
Nobel Laureate John B. Fenn,
a co-winner of the 2002 prize in chemistry for developing
methods for identification and
structure analyses of biological macromolecules.
Dr. Ray Damadian,
creator of magnetic resonance imaging to detect cancer in tissue,
otherwise known as the “MRI” (patent number 3,789,832). Dr.
Damadian received the Intellectual Property Owners Education
Foundation’s National Inventor of the Year Award, presented
in June, 2007 by Rep. Howard Berman.
Greatbatch, creator of
the cardiac pacemaker (patent number 3,057,356).
inventor of LCD technology (patent number 3,731,986).
who developed the implantable cardiac defibrillator employing a
digital waveform analyzer system (patent number 5,014,701).
“Today, when America is under siege from abroad in a trade war, we are
gravely concerned for the future of innovation in America and with it
America’s competitiveness,” said the coalition in its letter. “This is
the time that America must strengthen our patent system, but the current
patent bills (H.R. 1908 and S. 1145) will seriously weaken our patent
system and with it will seriously weaken innovation in America and
The alliance is urging Congress to
strengthen the current patent review process instead of changing the
“venerable patent law” that is the foundation for protecting the
intellectual property rights of small inventors. Simply providing
necessary staffing resources and de-politicizing the review committee
appointments process will bring significant improvements, says the
The full letter and list of co-signers
is available at www.BushOpenLetter9-17-07.PIAUSA.org
on the Professional Inventors Alliance website,
www.PIAUSA.org. Additional information about members of the
National Inventors Hall of Fame can be obtained at
Professional Inventors Alliance USA works to protect American invention
and encourage innovation by providing the nation’s independent inventors
a united voice to improve public policy.
Professional Inventors Alliance
September 17, 2007
The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
Re: “The Patent Reform Act of 2007:”
Dear Mr. President:
We represent a cross section of American inventors who have developed
innovations ranging from simple consumer products to breakthrough
technologies, all of which have contributed to our country's economic
growth, high standard of living and health, and technological
leadership. Many of us are both inventors and technology entrepreneurs.
We are deeply concerned about the dangerously destructive changes
proposed to U.S. patent laws in the 110th Congress. Nobel Laureate
Robert Solow estimates that 90% of U.S. economic growth is the result of
technological advances, which our patent system facilitates. But if the
new “Patent Reform Act of 2007” passes into law, it will greatly reduce
our country's technological muscle and our ability to create new
industries with more and better jobs for our citizens. Thus, we are
stepping forward to make our voices heard by the U.S. Senate.
The “Patent Reform Act of 2007” is deeply flawed. For example:
• It would mandate that the Patent Office publish all patent
applications on the Internet 18 months after their filing date, years
before the trade secrets can be secured by patents. Patents usually take
three years and often much longer to issue. Thus, this bill enables
anyone, located anywhere, to copy our trade secrets with impunity.
• It would devastate patent enforcement by significantly reducing
royalties and significantly increasing cost, time, and risk to litigate
against infringers. This would significantly increase U.S. patent
litigation and would actually encourage more, rather than less,
We were pleased to see that the Office of Management and Budget
expressed concerns about this bill. The House bill was not properly
considered because the House Leadership rushed it to a vote with very
We ask you to send to the Senate a strong message that any changes in
our patent laws must strengthen, rather than weaken the U.S. patent
system and must be thoroughly considered and debated. American
innovation and American competitiveness are at stake with this bill.
Ronald Riley, President
The Professional Inventors Alliance,
And the Co-Signing Inventors
Additional signatories are being accepted and posted on:
* John B. Fenn - Mass spectrometric analyses of
Hall of Fame Inventors:
* Dr. Ray Damadian, MD – Magnetic Resonance Imaging
* James Fergason – LCD
* Dr. Wilson Greatbatch - The cardiac pacemaker.
Members of the American College of Physician
* Leo Rubin - Implantable defibrillator combined
with a pacemaker
Intellectual Property Experts:
* Irving Kayton - Prof. of Law Emeritus, George
* David Pressman - Patent Lawyer & author of Patent It Yourself.
* Pat Choate PhD – Author Agents of Influence & Hot
* Sol Aisenberg Ph.D – Inventor & Advisor on
Technology and Business for Inventors, Businesses, and Scientists.
* Kazimierz M. Binkowski – Tools & electrical power inventions.
* Victoria J Bingham - Security systems and consumer products.
* John H. Boucher, DVM, PhD - Animal pharmaceuticals.
* William F. Brabenec - Inventor
* Orville Alan Breazeale, MPA, CHMM, CEM - AB Defense Systems, LLC.
* Dr. Paul Burstein - Rocket motor inspection system.
* Arthur Stephen Casey Jr. - Medical educational devices.
* Leslie A. Cohen - Technology to aid the mobility impaired.
* Stan E. Delo - Aero-Marine Co. - Wind turbine control methods -
* Stephen H. Downer - Pedestaled Seat for senior gardeners.
* Frampton Erroll Ellis - Anatomic Research, Inc., Naturally Stable
* Dr. George Freedman, Sleep apnea control system.
* Elon Gasper - Speech synthesis with synchronous animation.
* Jerald William Kaebisch, Jr., New Veggie Cutter.
* Skip Kaltenheuser - Lawyer & author
* Lou W. Koppe - Pres. West-Lock Fastener Corporation
* Lawrence B. Lockwood - Interactive multimedia information system.
* Rusty Mase - Recycling apparatus.
* Jacob Malta - Musical bells (Malta v. Schubmerich).
* George Margolin - Medical Devices - First Folding Keyboard, Motion
Picture Background Systems
* Dennis McNeely - Army SBIR awardee for invention to prevent HMMWV
* John Melius - Multiple patents on hand fins and swim fins using
* George H. Morgan - Prof. Engineer, Patent Agent , jacks, brakes,
clutches, hydraulic circuits.
* Conor O'Malley M.D. - Water conservation invention.
* Dr. Richard Pavelle - Method for increasing catalytic efficiency.
* Charles H Popenoe - SmartBolts load-indicating bolts, supplier to
US Army, GE, Intel, etc.
* Dominic John Repici - Neural networks.
* Ronald J Riley - Electrified monorail & other inventions.
* John Harold Roberts Jr. - Refueling containment systems.
* John S. Roberts, Ph.D., MBA - Patent practitioner and licensing
* L. Don Roberts, Ph.D - Life Sciences, Symbiotx Laboratories, LLC.
* Daniel B Shore - Farm & industrial hydraulics.
* Adam J. Singer, MD - Physician, surgeon, and inventor.
* Edwin A. Suominen - Registered Patent Agent, Independent Inventor
* Patrick J. Tracy - Patent Attorney and Registered Professional
* Peter Theis - Automated voice processing.
* Ron Westrum - Ph.D - Professor of sociology/technology studying
Independent inventors - East Mich University.
* Stephen Wren - E-commerce system and methods.
* A. Ze'ev Hed, Sc.D. - Materials technologies, adv. Lighting,
luminaires, instrumentation, refrigeration & cryogenics.
You may add your name to this letter. Send
your full name and up to a forty character description of your
invention or field of expertise to RJR (at) PIAUSA.org
Listed below are those who signed on after the
letter was published:
* John Ruhnke - System for
Determining Overall HVAC Efficiences.
* Shoreh Parandoosh, Ph.D - Biodegradable polymers, hydrogels,
bio-adhesives microbicides & spermicides.
* Don G. Costar - Inventor, Founder, Nevada Inventors Assoc. 1987
(approximately 54 members currently).
* Norman J. Latker - Pat. Atty., Former Patent Counsel DHEW/NIH &
Director Federal Tech. Policy USDOC.
* Bryan J. Ruffner - Independent Inventor, 7 U.S. Patents (Robotics;
* Joseph Zappel - Independent Inventor.
* Victoria M. Malia, Esq. - Assoc. Dir., Science and Tech. Ventures,
Columbia University (Signing on her own behalf)
* J. Lawrence (Larry) Fox, Ph. D. -
CEO, Diagnostics and
* M. Guven Yalcintas, Ph.D. - V.P. Tech Transfer Off. The Research
Foundation of The St. Univ. of New York.
* Professor Douglas Lyon, PhD - Chairman, Computer Engineering
Department, Fairfield University