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THIS PAGE IS NO LONGER USED. IT WAS WRITTEN IN MAY 2010 AND IS NOT UP TO DATE.

Newcomers: we're making a list of names and address of 200 people we should post a copy of Patent Absurdity to.

Remember, we're looking for their work address, please don't post anyone's home address here.

Contents

[edit] Names

[edit] Patent Office

[edit] David Kappos

  • Info: the newly appointed Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO


[edit] Bernard Knight

[edit] Corporate policy

[edit] Microsoft

[edit] Steve Ballmer
  • info: CEO, Microsoft Corporation
[edit] Brad Smith
  • info: Microsoft General Counsel and Senior Vice President
[edit] Bill Hilf
  • info: Microsoft's "open source" person

[edit] Novell

[edit] Bruce Lowry

[edit] IBM

[edit] Steve Mills
  • info: Senior VP of IBM Software Group

[edit] Time Warner

[edit] James Chiddix

[edit] Apple

[edit] Current CEO
  • As of January 2014 it's Tim Cook

[edit] Salesforce.com

[edit] Marc Benioff
  • info: CEO of Salesforce (recently sued by MS for swpats)

[edit] Other

[edit] Dr. Gary Michelson
  • info: "billionaire inventor" (very pro-patent but anti-troll) [1]
[edit] Jim Greenwood
  • info: not sure if he's relevant to the IT sector) former Congressman and current President & CEO of BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) a lobby for biotech companies.

[edit] Academia

[edit] Professor John Duffy

  • info: of George Washington University Law School

[edit] Doug Lichtman

[edit] Robert P. Merges

  • info: teaches at UCal, Berkeley (more info)

[edit] Eugene Volokh

[edit] Orin S. Kerr

  • info: about) teaches at George Washington University Law School? He specializes in criminal law, but he knows a lot of folks... clerked previously for a Supreme Court justice

[edit] Randy Barnett

  • info: teaches and is a specialist in Constitutional law, like the media.

[edit] Prof. Eric Goldman

  • info: contact) Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara U. School of Law, where he directs the High Tech Law Institute. (blogger)

[edit] Susan Crawford

  • info: "an Obama influence. Also, she has a very long list of other lawyers on her blog. "

[edit] Om Malik

[edit] Journalists

[edit] BBC

[edit] Jeremy Paxman
  • info: Newsnight, BBC Broadcasting Centre, Wood Lane, London?
[edit] Pallab Ghosh
  • info: covered a genes patent story in 2010[2]

[edit] Glen Beck

  • info: a groklaw contributor says he's he is seeking out waste... and software patents are a huge waste

[edit] Hannity(?)

[edit] Bill Oreilly

[edit] Stephen Colbert

  • info of the Colbert Report

[edit] Jon Stewart

  • info: of the Daily Show ("He does love to explore absurditie")

[edit] Rachael Maddow

  • info: The Rachael Maddow Show on MSNBC ("always includes geek related stuff")

[edit] Louis Foreman

[edit] The New Yorker

[edit] Jeffrey Toobin

[edit] The Atlantic

[edit] Andrew Sullivan

[edit] Mike Drummond

(see next line - is that it?)

[edit] Amy Goodman

  • of Democracy Now

[edit] Glenn Greenwald

  • of Salon.com

[edit] Legal bloggers

(Plenty of other legal bloggers are in the Academia section)

[edit] Joe Mullin
[edit] Tony Mauro
  • info: of BLT and Law.com.
[edit] Lyle Denniston
  • info: of SCOTUSblog.
[edit] Gene Quinn
  • info: of IPwatchdog. He is a pro-software patent patent lawyer but has engaged in the discussion with anti-swpat people.

[edit] Reuters

[edit] Diane Bartz

[edit] Trade groups and standards orgs

[edit] IEEE-USA

[edit] Richard H. Stern
  • info: is author of the Micro Law column of IEEE Micro. See his webpage.
[edit] Keith D. Grzelak
  • info: is chair of the IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee which wrote their pro-swpat Bilski brief.

[edit] DARPA

[edit] Dr. Regina Dugan

[edit] Judges

IMPORTANT NOTE: Is it ok to lobby judges outside of the usual amicus brief method??

[edit] Judge Randall Rader

[edit] Adam Eltoukhy

  • law clerk of Randall Radar

[edit] Joss Nichols

  • law clerk of Randall Radar

[edit] Roozbeh Gorgin

  • intern of Randall Radar

[edit] Jennifer Volk

  • intern of Randall Radar

[edit] Politics

[edit] Senate Judiciary Committee

The membership is[4]:

Democrats:

[edit] Patrick J. Leahy, Chair
[edit] Herb Kohl
[edit] Dianne Feinstein
[edit] Russ Feingold
[edit] Arlen Specter
[edit] Chuck Schumer
[edit] Dick Durbin
[edit] Benjamin L. Cardin
[edit] Sheldon Whitehouse
[edit] Amy Klobuchar
[edit] Ted Kaufman
[edit] Al Franken
[edit] Jeff Sessions
[edit] Orrin G. Hatch
[edit] Chuck Grassley
[edit] Jon Kyl
[edit] Lindsey Graham
[edit] John Cornyn
[edit] Tom Coburn

[edit] Senate subcommittee: Communications, Technology, and the Internet

In the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation there's a subcommittee that looks relevant: Communications, Technology, and the Internet

http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=CommunicationsTechnologyandtheInternet

[edit] John F. Kerry - Chairman
[edit] Daniel K. Inouye
[edit] Byron L. Dorgan
[edit] Bill Nelson
[edit] Maria Cantwell
[edit] Frank R. Lautenberg
[edit] Mark Pryor
[edit] Claire McCaskill
[edit] Amy Klobuchar
[edit] Tom Udall
[edit] Mark Warner
[edit] Mark Begich
[edit] John Ensign - Ranking Member
[edit] Olympia J. Snowe
[edit] Jim DeMint
[edit] John Thune
[edit] Roger F. Wicker
[edit] George S. LeMieux
[edit] Johnny Isakson
[edit] David Vitter
[edit] Sam Brownback
[edit] Mike Johanns

[edit] Senate committee on small business and entrepreneurship

(For these people to see the relevance, a cover letter might be necessary.)

[edit] Chair - Mary L. Landrieu (LA)
[edit] John F. Kerry (MA)
[edit] Carl Levin (MI)
[edit] Tom Harkin (IA)
[edit] Joseph I. Lieberman (CT)
[edit] Maria Cantwell (WA)
[edit] Evan Bayh (IN)
[edit] Mark L. Pryor (AR)
[edit] Ben L. Cardin (MD)
[edit] Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
[edit] Kay Hagan (NC)
[edit] Ranking Member - Olympia J. Snowe (ME)
[edit] Christopher S. Bond (MO)
[edit] David Vitter (LA)
[edit] John Thune (SD)
[edit] Michael B. Enzi (WY)
[edit] Johnny Isakson (GA)
[edit] Roger Wicker (MS)
[edit] James Risch (ID)

[edit] President Obama's Administration

Elena Kagan, US solicitor General and nominee to the Supreme Court (Kagan also wrote the Government's brief in Bilski)

Question: Her name is on it along with about dozen others, but did she write it? Actually, that whole list of people is probably worthwhile.

[edit] Elena Kagan
  • Solicitor General, Counsel of Record
[edit] Cameron F. Kerry
  • General Counsel
[edit] Malcolm L. Stewart
  • Deputy Solicitor General
[edit] Quentin A. Palfrey
  • Associate General Counsel
[edit] Tony West
  • Assistant Attorney General
[edit] Joan Bernott Maginnis
  • Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230
[edit] Ginger D. Anders
  • Assistant to the Solicitor General
[edit] Scott R. Mcintosh
  • Attorney, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001, (202) 514-2217
[edit] Mark R. Freeman
  • Attorney, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001, (202) 514-2217
[edit] Raymond T. Chen
  • Solicitor and Deputy General Counsel
[edit] Thomas W. Krause
  • Associate Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA 22313
[edit] Scott C. Weidenfeller
  • Associate Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA 22313

[edit] Department of Commerce

[edit] Gary Locke
  • info: Groklaw comment: "He's at the top of the Commerce food chain and a good guy. Others under him, such as the head of the PTO, have to listen to Gary."

[edit] House committee on the judiciary

Patent matters are dealt with by the whole committee, not a subcommittee.

[edit] Conyers Jr.
[edit] Berman
[edit] Boucher
[edit] Nadler
[edit] Scott
[edit] Watt
[edit] Lofgren
[edit] Jackson Lee
[edit] Waters
[edit] Delahunt
[edit] Cohen
[edit] Johnson
[edit] Pierluisi
[edit] Quigley
[edit] Chu
[edit] Deutch
[edit] Gutierrez
[edit] Baldwin
[edit] Gonzalez
[edit] Weiner
[edit] Schiff
[edit] Sánchez
[edit] Maffei
[edit] Polis
[edit] Smith
[edit] Sensenbrenner Jr.
[edit] Coble
[edit] Gallegly
[edit] Goodlatte
[edit] Lungren
[edit] Issa
[edit] Forbes
[edit] King
[edit] Franks
[edit] Gohmert
[edit] Jordan
[edit] Poe
[edit] Chaffetz
[edit] Rooney
[edit] Harper

[edit] House: Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet

  • Subcommittee page
  • 35 members
  • Jurisdiction: they just have one sentence "Interstate and foreign telecommunications including, but not limited to all telecommunication and information transmission by broadcast, radio, wire, microwave, satellite, or other mode."[5]
[edit] Edward J. Markey, MA
[edit] Bart Gordon, TN
[edit] Bobby L. Rush, IL
[edit] Anna G. Eshoo, CA
[edit] Bart Stupak, MI
[edit] Diana DeGette, CO
[edit] Mike Doyle, PA
[edit] Jay Inslee, WA
[edit] Anthony D. Weiner, NY, Vice Chair
[edit] G. K. Butterfield, NC
[edit] Charlie Melancon, LA
[edit] Baron P. Hill, IN
[edit] Doris O. Matsui, CA
[edit] Donna M. Christensen, VI
[edit] Kathy Castor, FL
[edit] Christopher S. Murphy, CT
[edit] Zachary T. Space, OH
[edit] Jerry McNerney, CA
[edit] Peter Welch, VT
[edit] John D. Dingell, MI
[edit] Henry A. Waxman, CA (ex officio)
[edit] Cliff Stearns, FL, Ranking Member
[edit] Fred Upton, MI
[edit] John Shimkus, IL
[edit] John B. Shadegg, AZ
[edit] Roy Blunt, MO
[edit] Steve Buyer, IN
[edit] George Radanovich, CA
[edit] Mary Bono Mack, CA
[edit] Lee Terry, NE
[edit] Mike Rogers, MI
[edit] Marsha Blackburn, TN
[edit] Parker Griffith, AL1
[edit] Robert E. Latta, OH2
[edit] Joe Barton, TX (ex officio)

[edit] Joint Economic Committee

For the economy, there's a joint committee of 10 House members and 10 Senate members.

According to its background page, "Its main purpose is to make a continuing study of matters relating to the US economy." - so it might be worth searching first to see if they get involved in patent cases.

[edit] Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chair
[edit] Congressman Maurice Hinchey
[edit] Congressman Baron Hill
[edit] Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
[edit] Congressman Elijah Cummings
[edit] Congressman Vic Snyder
[edit] Congressman Kevin Brady, Ranking Republican
[edit] Congressman Ron Paul
[edit] Congressman Michael Burgess
[edit] Congressman John Campbell
[edit] Senator Charles Schumer, Vice Chairman
[edit] Senator Jeff Bingaman
[edit] Senator Amy Klobuchar
[edit] Senator Robert Casey
[edit] Senator Jim Webb
[edit] Senator Mark Warner
[edit] Senator Sam Brownback, Ranking Senate Republican
[edit] Senator Jim DeMint
[edit] Senator James E. Risch
[edit] Senator Robert Bennett
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[edit] Data from which Ciaran is still extracting names

The following is data that could be useful, but the info provided isn't detailed enough to suggest a person to whom we could send the video. Further precisions very welcome.

[edit] Politics

In the US Congress, the relevant committee is the "Senate Judiciary Committee". There used to be a "Patents" subcommittee (in 1950) but that doesn't seem to exist any more. The The Patent Reform Act (USA) is discussed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, so if legislation is proposed after Bilski, it's very likely to come to that committee, making it the most important of the committees listed on this page.

[edit] Individual names

  • Harry Teague

U.S. Representative for the 2nd District of New Mexico 200 E. Broadway Suite 200 Hobbs, NM 88240 (explanation of why)

  • Ben Ray Lujan (is on the House Committee on Science and Technology)

U.S. Representative for the 3rd District of New Mexico 811 St. Michael's Dr. Suite 104 Santa Fe, NM 87505 (explanation of why)

  • Tom Udall (on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation)

[edit] House Energy and Commerce Committee

(Not 100% sure if this committee is relevant. If we've too many names, maybe this can be cut)

  • Henry A. Waxman, D-CA, Chairman
  • Joe Barton, R-TX Ranking member

[edit] Probably not getting done

[edit] Patent Office

[edit] Corporate policy

[edit] Academia

  • One source: who submitted Bilski v. Kappos amicus briefs?
  • Might be good to target academic types that defended an "all patents are good" line - they might have only been thinking in terms of pharma and manufacturing, their implied support of software patents might have just been due to the need to simplify their message
  • This blog aggregates posts by various legal professors, often on patent issues: http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/intellectual_property/

[edit] Journalists

[edit] We need names for these

Who in each house might cover the Bilski decision?

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Financial Times
  • Associated Press
  • CBS (especially the people in charge of finding stories for "60 Minutes")
  • NBC (for Dateline)
  • ABC (for "20/20" and potentially "Nightline" or "The View").
  • ZDNet
  • Wall Street Journal
  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Chicago Sun
  • Los Angeles Times

[edit] Trade groups and standards orgs

  • ACM
    • need someone's name
  • APS?
  • AMS?
  • SIAM?

[edit] Possible sources of other names

[edit] Is this person relevant?

Please add information about how these people are connected specifically to patent policy or software policy.

  • Craig Venter. (suggested on Groklaw with comment: While I applaud his work the idea that copying can somehow be patentable is quite frightening.)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor (suggested on Groklaw with comment: much respected jurist)
  • Diane Rehm (suggested on Groklaw with comment: acclaimed journalist with a large audience, unafraid to ask questions. Tries to present a balanced picture of issues.)
  • Oprah Winfrey - groklaw commenter says she "<might> give positive publicity" - does she ever talk about patent policy??
  • David Letterman (I'm sceptical)