Time to celebrate! Senator Patrick Leahy announced yesterday that patent reform was being tabled due to lack of consensus and that it is being removed from the Judiciary Committee calendar. This is what we were going for, and I thank all of you for your help in achieving this. It is still possible in America to win a David vs. Goliath battle.
Longer term, we need to all be very aware that the large vested interests that almost got this legislation through are not going away. They have invested huge amounts of money in this fight, and real innovators backed by a strong patent system will always be a threat to them.
We won this key battle, but the war is ongoing. We must be vigilant and ready for the next fight. Vigilance and the willingness to fight for inventor rights was what won this battle, and what will be needed for the battles that will come.
The next serious threat to us is the unprecedented invalidation of patents by the new “post issuance procedures” created by the America Invents Act (which passed in 2011). More on this soon.
Randy Landreneau, Founder
Independent Inventors of America