Subject: PATNEWS: Alert!!! Looks like Senate taking up patent reform
From: Gregory Aharonian <srctran@world.std.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 18:45:44 -0400 (EDT)


    I just received the following alert that the Senate might be taking
up the patent reform bill, with the same sort of rushed passage antics
that were behind the passage of the House version.

Greg Aharonian
Internet Patent News Service





Friends,

    I have heard from several reliable sources that Senators Hatch (R-UT) and 
Leahy (D-VT) have "introduced" a patent bill in the U.S. Senate (no bill 
number is available at this time).  The bill is scheduled to be marked up 
tomorrow - Wed., Oct. 27 - which means it could move fast, very fast, without 
any of us even seeing it.

    DON'T WASTE A MINUTE.  On Wed. morning, pick up the phone and call your 
Senators' offices (there are 2 Senators for each state).  Call the U.S. 
Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  Ask to be connected to your Senators' 
offices (if you don't know who your Senator is, just tell the operator which 
state you live in and they'll connect you).

    **** Urge your Senator to oppose a vote on any patent bill that is not 
exposed to public scrutiny.  

    This bill could be attached to any "must pass" piece of legislation.  The 
games played by the House to pass H.R. 1907 could pale in comparison to the 
efforts exerted by powerful forces to pass a bill in the Senate.

    There is absolutely no time for delay!  As soon as I get a copy of the 
bill, I will disseminate it over the internet but right now, at 6 pm Eastern 
Time, I cannot locate a copy of the bill or even find out if there is a bill 
number (Congressional contacts in DC are working to get the information to 
me).

    This is another abuse of power that is becoming all too familiar and must 
be stopped.

Joanne Hayes-Rines, editor
Inventors' Digest