On June 5, 2007, Jonathan H. Spadt, Esquire, a shareholder and member of the management committee of RatnerPrestia, an intellectual property law firm, met in Washington, D.C. at the offices of Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA 15) and Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA 6) to review pending legislation known as the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (H.R. 1908). Discussions included a review of the proposed legislation with Peter Richards, Esq., General Counsel to Congressman Dent, and Ms. Jordan Slopey, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Gerlach. In addition to reviewing the major changes proposed in the pending legislation, the meetings provided an opportunity to relay the thoughts of several major innovative employers in the Congressmen’s districts. Many of the largest economic contributors in Pennsylvania’s 6th and 15th Districts are also clients of RatnerPrestia and have great interest in an effective U.S. patent system.
Commenting on the visit, Mr. Spadt noted, “I was pleased to share my expertise, and also have the opportunity to communicate the views of several of the firm’s large clients to the Congressmen and their staff. Their willingness to learn about the impact of these changes and how they could improve the economic strength of not only Pennsylvania, but indeed the entire country, was a sign of their leadership and foresight.”
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