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Hello Friends,

Things are really heating up in the House regarding the Innovation Act, H.R.9. There have been several hearings in the last few weeks that have been weighted heavily in favor of the other side. The huge amount of lobbying by our opponents has also continued. And now, Entrepreneurs for Growth has informed us that the Judiciary Committee plans to take the bill to Markup (agree on the language and pass it out of the Committee) on April 16th and take it to a floor vote on April 20th.

In December of 2013, the House passed this bill 325-91. We have some allies that we didn’t have last time, and we’ve been working hard to get the word out, but the odds are against us. If it passes the House, it still has to pass the Senate, but there is a huge amount of pressure to get some key elements like “Loser Pays.”

“Loser Pays,” as proposed, would make the inventor who tries to defend a patent guilty until proven innocent. If you didn’t prevail against the infringer, you would then be obligated to litigate further to prove that your lawsuit was reasonable. Here, you would likely already be financially drained, going against your opponent’s blue-chip legal team, and possibly in front of a judge who is anti-patent. You could end up owing the infringer over $1,000,000. If you have an investor with an interest in your patent, he could be personally liable for this amount. “Loser Pays” makes it virtually impossible for the average independent inventor to defend a patent, and it will kill investment in startups. (For other fatal elements in this bill, see the “Papers” tab above.)

On April 15th, the multinational corporations trying to eliminate our rights will have an event where they will parade their alleged victims of the US Patent System and try to influence the House right before the Markup. BUT, we are going to have our own event.

Entrepreneurs for Growth is planning a big event on the same day for independent inventors. There will be three public relations firms and media coverage. We need a bunch of inventors at this event. If our Representatives see whose rights they are about to destroy, it will make a difference.

You can fly over in the morning and fly out in the evening. If you can’t afford the trip, we might be able to obtain some funding. We need to get a number of inventors to commit so the event can be finalized.

Unfortunately, we just heard about this, and we need to get a number of commitments today (Thursday) to make the event happen.

Join me in this. We will fight together for inventor’s rights. This could be what stops this bill. Be a part of history. Call me at 727-744-3748.

Best,

Randy Landreneau, Founder

Independent Inventors of America


We Can Shut Down the Innovation Act - 3/10/15

Hello Friends,

A lot is happening right now. The information Paul Morinville and I are discussing and dropping off throughout the US House, and that you are calling your Representatives about, is causing a stir. Apparently, a little truth can extinguish a lot of lies. That is why a few crazy inventors can make a difference against ridiculous odds.

You want to talk David and Goliath? Last year, according to the Intellectual Asset Management, over a hundred million dollars was spent by other side trying to get this legislation passed. One hundred million dollars! But the Innovation Act has not sailed through the House like it did last time.

The fact is that there is growing opposition to it. The real question is can we get enough opposition fast enough to stop its passage.

We aren’t the only ones fighting. I think we were January of last year, but not now. I went to the Inventing America Conference in DC last week. There were various speakers and discussions. The highlight was the speech by Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard, Presidential hopeful and huge ally of ours. Innovation Alliance put on the conference, and I even saw a late-night TV commercial from them while I was in DC.

These efforts of our allies are helping, but the sheer size of the media and lobbying effort of our opponents is overwhelming. However, one thing really cuts through the noise and makes a difference – when real inventors explain why this legislation will hurt them and American innovation.

You carry more weight than some lobbyist who is getting paid to say what some corporation wants. When you contact your Representative, you make a difference. As an inventor, you represent the best of America, and the risk that they could be about to really harm America starts to become real to them.

What we need most right now is to stop the Innovation Act in the House. I mentioned in my last email that there is a bill that will be introduced in the Senate that is actually good for us – it curtails some of the bad parts of the America Invents Act. But if we don’t stop the Innovation Act in the House, the other bill may go nowhere, and we risk the loss of our rights as inventors.

We have momentum. We are turning Representatives our way. The thing that will help us the most now is you calling your Representative. You can find your Representative at http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ . Use information from our two short papers to make your point (see “Papers” tab above). When you talk to them, get them to let you email these documents.

Right now, we have a better shot than ever to shut down the effort to take away our rights as independent inventors.  But to really shut our opponents down, we have to stop the Innovation Act in the House. If we do, we send a message that will help us roll back some of the negative parts of previous legislation.

This is important. I need your help. America needs you. Please make the call. Let’s win this.

Best,

Randy Landreneau, Founder


We are Gaining Momentum - Help Defeat the Innovation Act

Hello Friends,

I want to update you on the fight for inventors’ rights. I was in Washington DC last week with Paul Morinville, and am back again this week. For anyone reading this who is not already aware of why the Innovation Act, H.R.9 is fatal to inventors and innovation, click the “Papers” tab above and read the two short papers.

“Experts” said there was no chance to keep the House from passing the Innovation Act. It passed overwhelmingly last time. The vast majority of those who voted for it last time will vote for it again, we were told. “Don’t waste your time in the House, start working on the Senate.” Well, inventors like to forge their own paths, and we decided to forge ours right through the House.

Now, after a lot of meetings, things are changing. Just like last year in the Senate, many in the House were not even aware of our side before our meeting. A shift is starting to occur, and a lot of folks are now seeing the House as the battleground.

A big part of this is your help in calling and emailing your Representatives. I really need you to keep doing this. Another thing you can do is call the local office of your Representative and try to get a personal meeting when he or she is in town. You can find your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Originally, our plan was to somehow keep the Innovation Act from passing, and then work toward rolling back some of the bad previous legislation that is harming inventors right now. A good example is the Post Grant Opposition (PGO) procedures from the America Invents Act of 2011 that are now invalidating 75% of the patents they are directed at! We thought this effort could take years and face terrible odds, but something is happening right now that changes everything.

A bill is about to be introduced by the Senate – the Strong Patent Act. From what I have seen so far, this bill is actually good for us. Not surprisingly, this bill has a number of things in it that Paul and I have been pointing out as needed in our meetings with Congressmen this year and last.

Naysayers are already saying that it could never pass. Ignore them. All we need now to achieve what was previously considered impossible is simply to stand together and, in quantity, make our position known to our Representatives.

If we can definitively kill the Innovation Act in the house, we have the best shot at starting to roll back the negative changes from recent years. If we barely win in the House, or worse, we will be in a weak position.

This is history in the making. Be a part of it! Call and email your Representative. Set up a local meeting with him or her. Then let me know what happened. Whether your Rep is an ally or opponent, let me know – Paul and I are keeping track. If you are going to DC, we may give you access to the database to assist in the fight.

If you still have doubts, consider that a Republican hopeful for president, Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard, is totally on our side and speaking at a hearing in DC tomorrow. Rick Santorum, who was a front-runner for president last time around, has written a couple of articles that totally back our side. Others are ready to lean our way – help them.

Our momentum is growing. We can make ground-breaking gains right now. Be a part of this. Make your position known to your Representative, and forward this information to anyone you know that cares about the future of this great nation. Thank you.

Best,

Randy Landreneau, Founder
Independent Inventors of America




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