Dell Inc. is a member of the Coalition for Patent Fairness, comprised mainly of IT companies strongly seeking patent reform (including Amazon.com, Apple, Autodesk, Business Software Alliance, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Dell, Electrolux, Financial Services Roundtable, Hewlett-Packard, Information Technology Industry Council, Intel, Micron Technology, Microsoft, Oracle, Palm, Inc., SAP, TechNet, Time Warner and Visa.) The Coalition for Patent Fairness was well-prepared for the introduction of the patent reform bill on April 18, 2007.
3M is a member of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, which includes some pharma companies (eg, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Hoffman-La Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Millennium Pharmaceuticals).
BusinessWeek noted that the Biotechnology Industry Organization [BIO] has expressed opposition to several aspects of the bill.
One notes that smaller entities are not represented at the April 26 hearing, with the manifest diversity along technology lines, rather than entity-size lines, even though aspects of the bill will have disparate impact according to entity size.