Thursday, June 23, 2011

HR 1249 passes 304-117; Sixty-seven Republicans and 50 Democrats vote no

Bloomberg reported:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, urged colleagues to reject the measure, saying elements of the bill would hurt small businesses and independent inventors.

Representative Don Manzullo, an Illinois Republican who voted against the measure, said it “would weaken our strong patent system that has protected American entrepreneurs for centuries from overseas companies trying to pirate their inventions.”

DANA ROHRABACHER also voted no. How many times do you find fROHRABACHER and PELOSI on the same side of an issue, saying similar things? In a piece ‘Patent Reform’ Will Hurt Innovation , fROHRABACHER had written:

“First to Invent” means that if one person applies for a patent that isn’t rightfully his, the real inventor can file, show his evidence in court, and be awarded the patent. Under “First to File,” by contrast, the person who filed first is simply assumed to be the true inventor. “First to File” gives large corporations and their lawyers an opportunity to steal ideas from innovators.

Sadly, New Jersey's Holt (D) and Frelinghuysen (R) both voted "for" HR 1249. New Jersey's Chris Smith voted yes but Florida's Connie Mack voted no.
For the vote tally, see To amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform More Republicans (168 ) voted for the bill than did Democrats ( 136 )


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