The Patent Reform Act of 2007 - Coalition Letter

Dear Senators Reid and McConnell:
On behalf of the more than 430 undersigned organizations representing American innovation
from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in fields including agriculture, alternative energy,
biotechnology, chemicals, computer hardware, computer software, computer networking,
cosmetics, entertainment, financial services, food/beverage, health care, heavy industry, life
sciences, manufacturing, medical devices, material science, nanotechnology, optics, security,
semiconductors, space systems, startup incubation, telecommunications, venture capital, and
internet-based businesses, we are writing to raise continuing concerns regarding S. 1145, The
Patent Reform Act of 2007.

While we welcome efforts to make improvements to the U.S. patent system, we must make clear
our opposition to S. 1145 as approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill contains
provisions that will create uncertainty and weaken the enforceability of validly issued patents.
Some of the proposed reform provisions, such as an expanded apportionment of damages, an
indefinite post-grant opposition process, excessive venue restrictions, burdensome and expensive
mandatory search requirements, and unworkable interlocutory appeal provisions, pose serious
negative consequences for continued innovation and American technological leadership in a
competitive global economy. In addition, the bill codifies the current inequitable conduct
doctrine rather than to make broadly supported reforms to eliminate litigation abuse of the
doctrine and gain increases in patent quality.

No compelling case has been made for a bill written in this fashion. It is based on claims of a
crisis in the current patent system that does not exist, supported by selective assertions which do
not hold up under scrutiny. Importantly, the bill fails to take into account the impact of
numerous court decisions and administrative rules that have occurred recently regarding major
patent issues. We believe the authors of the legislation must make fundamental changes to the
legislation if it is to work for all American innovators, and we urge you not to consider the bill
on the Senate floor unless such changes are made.

We remain committed to strengthening the U.S. patent system in ways that will preserve and
promote innovation across the broad spectrum of the American economy, and we look forward
to working with you in this regard.

Thank you for considering our views in this crucial matter.

National Organizations
Advanced Medical Technology Association
(AdvaMed)
Washington, DC
American Intellectual Property Law
Association
Arlington, VA
American Seed Trade Association
Alexandria, VA
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Washington, DC
Biomass Coordinating Council
Washington, DC
The Center for Small Business and the
Environment
Washington, DC
CropLife America
Washington, DC
Financial Services Industry Intellectual
Property Law Association
New York, NY
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Washington, DC
Innovation Alliance
Washington, DC
Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE)-USA
Washington, DC
Medical Device Manufacturers Association
(MDMA)
Washington, DC
NanoBusiness Alliance
Skokie, IL
National Association of Patent Practitioners
(NAPP)
Washington, DC
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers
of America (PhRMA)
Washington, DC
United States Business & Industry Council
Washington, DC.
State and Individual Organizations
Abaca Technology Corporation
San Jose, CA
Abbott
Abbott Park, IL
Abbiotec, L.L.C.
San Diego, CA
Accelerated Technologies, Inc.
Hackensack, NJ
Acclarent, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA
Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
Hawthorne, NY
Adams Capital Management, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Adroit Medical Systems, Inc.
Loudon, TN
Advanced Diamond Technologies
Romeoville, IL
Advanced Dynamics, Inc
Lexington, KY
Advanced Life Sciences
Woodridge, IL
Advanced Medical Optics
Santa Ana, CA
Aegis BioSciences, LLC
Spokane, WA
Aero-Marine Company
Port Townsend, WA
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Allentown, PA
ALD NanoSolutions, Inc.
Broomfield, CO
Align Technology, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
ALIO Industries
Wheat Ridge, CO
Allergan, Inc.
Irvine, CA
Alliance Pharmaceutical Corporation
San Diego, CA
Almyra, Inc.
Boxborough, MA
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Cambridge, MA
Altea Therapeutics Corporation
Atlanta, GA
AmberWave Systems Corporation
Salem, NH
American Solar, Inc.
Annandale, VA
Amylin Pharmaceuticals
San Diego, CA
Andcor Companies, Inc.
Wayzata, MN
AngioDynamics, Inc.
Queensbury, NY
Applied Medical
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Applied Nanotech, Inc.
Austin, TX
Applied NanoWorks, Inc.
Rensselaer, NY
Apollo Biosciences, Inc.
Burlington, VT
ArborGen, LLC
Summerville, SC
Arizona BioIndustry Association
Phoenix, AZ
Arrowhead Research
Pasadena, CA
ARYx Therapeutics
Fremont, CA
Ascenta Therapeutics, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Asthmatx, Inc.
Mountain View, CA
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Wilmington, DE
AtCor Medical Holdings
Lisle, IL
ATFI
Evanston, IL
Authorizer Technologies
Palm Beach, FL
Autocraft Industries, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK
Avalon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Germantown, MD
AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc.
Needham, MA
AviaraDx, Inc.
Carlsbad, CA
Avid Biotics
South San Francisco, CA
Aware, Inc.
Bedford, MA
Axiom Medical Inc
Torrance , CA
BASF Corporation
Florham Park, NJ
Baxter International Inc.
Deerfield, IL
BayBio
South San Francisco, CA
Bayer Corporation
Washington, DC
Bayhill Therapeutics
Palto Alto, CA
Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Fullerton, CA
Bi-Level Technologies,
San Diego, CA
Binary Graphics
Seattle, WA
BioCardia, Inc.
South San Francisco, CA
BIOCOM
San Diego, CA
BioFlorida
West Palm Beach, FL
Biogen Idec, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Bio Idaho
Boise, ID
Biomed Solutions, LLC
New York, NY
BioMedical Strategies, L.L.C.
San Diego, CA
BioNJ Inc.
Trenton, NJ
BioOhio
Columbus, OH
BioVascular, Inc.
San Diego, CA
BioVerdant, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Biznik
Seattle, WA
Black Rock Systems LLC
Reno, NV
Boston Scientific Corporation
Natick, MA
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
New York, NY
BSST Inc.
Irwindale, CA
Buck Institute for Age Research
Novato, CA
Burnham Institute for Medical Research
La Jolla, CA
California Healthcare Institute
La Jolla, CA
Canesta, Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA
Canopy Ventures
Lindon, UT
Carbide Derivative Technologies
Chicago, IL
Carbon Nanoprobes
Seattle, WA
CardioMEMS, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
Cargill Incorporated
Wayzata, MN
Caterpillar Inc.
Peoria, IL
Celgene Corporation
Summit, NJ
Cell Genesys, Inc.
South San Francisco, CA
Center 7, Inc.
Lindon, UT
Center for Innovation
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Cephalon, Inc.
Frazer, PA
Charlesson, LLC
Oklahoma City, OK
The Chatham Group
Los Altos, CA
CIMA Nanotech
St. Paul, MN
Cincinnati Sub-Zero Products
Cincinnati, OH
Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, GA
CogniTek Management Systems, Inc.
Northfield, IL
Colorado BioScience Association
Denver, CO
Colorado Photonics Industry Association
Denver, CO
CombinatoRx, Incorporated
Cambridge, MA
Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc.
San Diego, CA
Concentric Medical
Mountain View, CA
Conceptus Inc.
Mountain View, CA
CONNECT
San Diego, CA
Conserval Systems Inc
Buffalo, NY
Contained Energy, Inc.
Shaker Heights, OH
Coronis Medical Ventures
Sunnyvale, CA
Corning Incorporated
Corning, NY
Crux Biomedical
Portola Valley, CA
Cryptography Research
San Francisco, CA
Crystal Clear Technologies, Inc.
Portland, OR
Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Lexington, MA
Cummins-Allison Corporation
Mt. Prospect, IL
Cummins Inc.
Columbus, IN
CURE, The Center of Connecticut's
BioScience Cluster
New Haven, CT
CVRx, Inc
Maple Grove, MN
CyberHeart Incorporated
Menlo Park, CA
Dako Colorado
Fort Collins, CO
Dais Analytic Corporation
Odessa, FL
Dartmouth Regional Technology Ctr, Inc.
Lebanon, NH
Deaton Engineering, Inc.
Georgetown, TX
Deep Nines, Inc.
Dallas, TX
DEKA Research & Development Corp.
Manchester, NH
Delsys Inc.
Boston, MA
Demegen, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA
DexCom, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Digimarc Corporation
Beaverton, OR
Digirad Corporation
Poway, CA
DirectPointe
Lindon, UT
DocuTemp, Inc.
Bedford, MA
Dune Sciences, LLC
Eugene, OR
DuPont
Wilmington, DE
Dynatronics
Salt Lake City, UT
Eagle Manufacturing Company
Wellsburg, WV
Ecologic Leasing Solutions, LLC
Great Falls, VA
ECR Technologies, Inc.
Lakeland, FL
Edwards Lifesciences
Irvine, CA
EFI (Electronics for Imaging)
Foster City, CA
Eikos
Franklin, MA
Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
South San Francisco, CA
ElectroCell Technologies, Inc.
Colchester, Vermont
Eleme Medical
Merrimack, NH
Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, IN
EMD Serono
Rockland, MA
Emphasys Medical, Inc.
Redwood City, CA
Enterprise Partners Venture Capital
La Jolla, CA
Epicept Corporation
Tarrytown, NY
Esperance Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA
Estee Lauder
New York, NY
Exclara, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
ExploraMed Development LLC
Mountain View, CA
Fallbrook Engineering, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Fallbrook Technologies Inc.
San Diego, CA
FarSounder, Inc.
Warwick, RI
Firefly Energy Inc.
Peoria, IL
Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority
Aurora, CO
FivePrime Therapeutics
San Francisco, CA
Footnote.com
Lindon, UT
Gambro Blood Component Technologies
(BCT)
Lakewood, CO
Genomic Health, Inc.
Redwood City, CA
Gen-Probe Incorporated
San Diego, CA
GenVault Corporation
Carlsbad, CA
Genzyme
Cambridge, MA
GenVec, Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD
Georgia Bio
Atlanta, GA
Glacier Cross Inc.
Kalispell MT
GlaxoSmithKline
Philadelphia, PA
Research Triangle Park, NC
Glenview State Bank
Glenview, IL
Global Online Solutions Network, Inc.
Greer, SC
Glumetrics, Inc.
Irvine, CA
Gow & Partners
Houston, TX
Hale BioPharma Ventures, LLC
Encinitas, CA
Hawaii Science & Technology Council
Honolulu, HI
HealthCare Institute of New Jersey
Bridgewater, NJ
Helius, Inc.
Lindon, UT
Hematech, Inc.
Sioux Falls, SD
Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.
Nutley, NJ
HowZone
Seattle, WA
Human Genome Sciences, Inc.
Rockville, MD
iBIO
Chicago, IL
ICTV, Inc.
Los Gatos, CA
Ice Energy, Inc.
Fort Collins, CO
Immersion Corporation
San Jose, CA
Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF)
Indianapolis, IN
Inframat Corp.
Farmington, CT
Innovative NeuroTechnologies, Inc.
Irvine, CA
Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Durham, NC
InterDigital, Inc.
King of Prussia, PA
Intermolecular, Inc.
San Jose, CA
Intermune, Inc.
Brisbane, CA
International Stem Cell Corporation
Oceanside, CA
Invitrogen Corporation
Carlsbad, CA
Iowa Biotechnology Association
Des Moines, IA
IP Checkups
Berkeley, CA
iRhythm technologies, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
Irwin Research & Development
Yakima, WA
ISTA Pharmaceuticals
Irvine, CA
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Palo Alto, CA
Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, NJ
KansasBio
Lenexa, KS
Kennon Covers
Sheridan, WY
Kentucky Seed Capital Fund
Louisville, KY
Kinamed Inc.
Camarillo, CA
Kosan Biosciences
Hayward, CA
La Jolla Networks, Inc.
Solana Beach, CA
Lankenau Institute for Medical Research
Wynnewood, PA
Lauder Partners, LLC
Atherton, CA
Life Science Alley
Saint Louis Park, MN
LifeTrees, LLC
Oklahoma City, OK
LipoSonix, Inc.
Bothell, WA
LITMUS, LLC
Little Rock, AR
The Livingston Group of Companies
New York, NY
Louisiana Ventures, LP
Bossier City, LA
LSI Corporation
Milpitas, CA
Lux Capital Management
New York, NY
Luxul Corporation
Salt Lake City, UT
MagSense Life Sciences
West Lafayette, IN
Mardx Diagnostics Inc.
Carlsbad, CA
Marketcore, Inc.
Westport, CT
Masimo Corporation
Irvine, CA
Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Medical Device Industry
Council (MassMEDIC)
Waltham, MA
MaxCyte, Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD
Maxygen, Inc.
Redwood City, CA
MayaTech International, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
MedImmune
Gaithersburg, MD
Mendel Biotechnology
Hayward, CA
Merck
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Metabolex
Hayward, CA
MGI Pharma, Inc.
Bloomington, MN
MichBio
Ann Arbor, MI
Micromet, Inc.
Carlsbad, CA
Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Milliken & Company
Spartanburg, SC
Minnow Medical, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Mississippi Seedsmen's Association
Leland, MS
Missouri Biotechnology Association
Jefferson City, MO
Mobilygen, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
Monogram Biosciences
South San Francisco, CA
Monsanto Company
St. Louis, MO
Montana BioScience Alliance
Billings, MT
Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA
Mova
San Francisco, CA
Mpex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
San Diego, CA
MultiCell Technologies, Inc.
San Diego, CA
MyPort Technologies, Inc.
McKinney, TX
NanoBioMagnetics, Inc.
Edmond, OK
Nano Terra
Cambridge, MA
Nanochemonics Holdings, LLC
Pulaski, VA
Nanocomp Technologies Inc.
Concord, NH
Nanofilm
Valley View, OH
Nanogen, Inc.
San Diego, CA
NanoInk
Skokie, IL
NanoIntegris
Skokie, IL
NanoMech, LLC
Fayetteville, AR
Nanomix
Emeryville, CA
NanoPore Inc.
Albuquerque, NM
NanoProducts Corporation
Longmont, CO
Nanostellar
Redwood City, CA
Nanosys, Inc.
Palo Alto, CA
Nanotope
Skokie, IL
NanoViricides, Inc.
West Haven, CT
Nantero
Woburn, MA
NEI Corp.
Somerset, NJ
Nektar Therapeutics
San Carlos, CA
Neoconix, Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA
NeoTract, Inc.
Pleasanton, CA
Neuronetics, Inc.
Malvern, PA
Neuro Resource Group, Inc.
Plano, TX
New England Innovation Alliance
Boston, MA
New Hampshire Biotechnology Council
Portsmouth, NH
New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical
Association
Albuquerque, NM
NexBio, Inc.
San Diego, CA

North Carolina Biosciences Organization
Durham, NC
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Los Angeles, CA
Novartis Corporation
New York, NY
Novelthink
Palo Alto, CA
Novocell, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Novo Nordisk
Princeton, NJ
NovaRx Corporation
San Diego, CA
NovoStent Corporation
San Diego, CA
NuVasive, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Nuvelo, Inc.
San Carlos, CA
Oculus Development, LLC
Chicago, Illinois
Oncomed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Redwood City, CA
Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Emeryville, CA
OpenCel
Glencoe, IL
OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Melville, NY
Othera Pharmaceuticals
Exton, PA
Pacific Health Research Institute
Honolulu, HI
Panacos Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD
ParkerVision
Jacksonville, FL
PatentCafe
Yuba City, CA
Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc.
Nashville, TN
Pelegrin Partners, LLC
Wayzata, MN
Pennsylvania Bio
Malvern, PA
PepsiCo
Purchase, NY
Peptimmune, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Personal Remedies, LLC
Georgetown, MA
Pfizer
New York, NY
Pharmexa-Epimmune, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Phillips Services Industries, Inc.
Livonia, MI
PhiloMetron Inc.
San Diego, CA
Phycal, LLC
Shaker Heights, OH
PicoCal
Ann Arbor, MI
Pindi Products, Inc.
Reno, NV
PointeCast Corporation
Lindon, UT
Polestar Capital Associates
New York, NY
Polyera
Skokie, IL
Power Innovations International
Lindon, UT
PowerMetal Inc.
Carlsbad, CA
Preformed Line Products
Mayfield Village, OH
Presidio Pharmaceuticals
San Francisco, CA
Prism Technologies LLC
Omaha, NE
Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.
W. Kingston, RI
Progeny Advanced Genetics, Inc.
Salinas, CA
Progressive GaitWays, LLC
Telluride, CO
Promptu Systems Corporation
Menlo Park, CA
Propel Software
San Jose, CA
Proprius Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
San Diego, CA
ProteoPure, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA
Protochips, Inc.
Raleigh, NC
ProvenProcess Medical Devices, Inc.
Mansfield, MA
QUALCOMM Inc.
San Diego, CA
QuantumSphere, Inc.
Santa Ana, CA
QuesTek Innovations LLC
Evanston, IL
Rayspan Corporation
San Diego, CA
R*BAT, Inc.
St. Francisville, LA
RCIG, Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN
Rearden
San Francisco, CA
Reference Diagnostics, Inc.
Bedford, MA
RescueTime
Seattle, WA
Research Corporation Technologies
Tucson, AZ
Restech (Respiratory Technology
Corporation)
San Diego, CA
Retractable Technologies
Little Elm, TX
reXorce Thermionics, Inc.
Akron, OH
Rigel Pharmaceuticals
South San Francisco, CA
Rochester Medical Corporation
Rochester, MN
Rothschild-Landry Holding, Inc.
St. Francisville, LA
Sagamore Bioventures
San Francisco, CA
Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Morrisville, NC
Saltamar Innovations
South Portland, ME
Sangamo BioSciences, Inc.
Richmond, CA
Santarus, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Satiety, Inc.
Palo Alto, CA
S&C Electric Company
Chicago, IL
Science and Technology Corporation at the
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Scout Diagnostics, LLC
Lexington, KY
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, CA
Seattle Medical Technologies, Inc.
Redwood City, CA
SGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
San Diego, CA
SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.
New York, NY
SilverSky Group LLC
Reno, NV
Slingshot LLC
San Diego, CA
Smart Bomb Interactive
Salt Lake City, UT
Smile Reminder
Lindon, UT
SoftRay, Inc.
Laramie, WY
Solena Group, Inc.
Washington, DC
Solera Networks
Lindon, UT
Somanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Irvine, CA
Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
San Diego, CA
South Dakota Biotech Association
Sioux Falls, SD
Southern California Biomedical Council
Los Angeles, CA
Southern Seed Association
Leland, MS
Spiration, Inc.
Redmond, WA
SSI Technologies
Edmond, OK
State of New Hampshire Department of
Resources and Economic Development
Concord, NH
The Stella Group, Ltd.
Arlington, VA
SterlingTech Software
Rochelle Park, NJ
Supracor, Inc.
San Jose, CA
SuturTek Incorporated
North Chelmsford, MA
Symphony Capital LLC
New York, NY
Symyx Technologies, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
Syngenta Seeds, Inc.
Golden Valley, MN
Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Targeted Genetics Corporation
Seattle, WA
Technology Innovations, LLC
New York, NY
Technology, Patents, Licensing, Inc.
Doylestown, PA
Tenex Greenhouse Ventures, L.L.C.
San Diego, CA
Tennessee Biotechnology Association
Nashville, TN
Terra Moya Aqua, Inc.
Cheyenne, WY
Tessera Technologies, Inc.
San Jose, CA
Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute
Austin, TX
TextCaster
Kansas City, MO
Therapeutics, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
Theregen, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
TheraTogs, Inc.
Telluride, CO
Three Arch Partners
Porto Valley, CA
Time Domain Corporation
Huntsville, AL
TorreyPines Therapeutics, Inc.
La Jolla, CA
TriLogic Pharma LLC.
Tallassee, AL
Trilogy Software, Inc.
Austin, TX
Unidym Corp.
Menlo Park, CA
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY
USGI Medical
San Clemente, CA
US Nanocorp, Inc.
Farmington, CT
Vaccine Research Insititute of San Diego
San Diego, CA
Vaccinex, Inc.
Rochester, NY
Varix Medical Corporation
Sunnyvale, CA
VasoNova, Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA
Venture Ad Astra
Anchorage, AK
Venture Development Associates, LLC
Norman OK
Verenium Corporation
San Diego, CA
Vertec Polymers, Inc.
Houston, TX
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
Cambridge, MA
Vical Incorporated
San Diego, CA
Virent Energy Systems, Inc.
Madison, WI
Virginia Biotechnology Association
Richmond, VA
Vistec Semiconductor Systems, Inc.
Freemont, CA
Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical
Association
Seattle, WA
The Wax Company
Amory, MS
Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion
Company
Casper, WY
Wisconsin Biotechnology and Medical
Device Association
Madison, WI
Wyeth
Madison, NJ
Wyoming Silicon, LLC
Sheridan, WY
Xerion Materials Corp.
Broomfield, CO
XetaComp Nanotechnology LLC
Lawton, OK
Zacharon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Zogenix, Inc.
San Diego, CA
ZymoGenetics, Inc.
Seattle, WA