WASHINGTON, March 25 The chief executives of
Google, Cisco, Micron, Palm and 24 other executives have
written to President Barack Obama urging support for patent
reform now before congress that they hope would reduce
Bills before the U.S. Congress would reduce damages for
patent infringement, make it harder for plaintiffs to shop for
a friendly court and change other elements of the patent
"Modernizing the U.S. patent system and stopping the abuses
we see now will greatly enhance our efforts to innovate by
creating U.S.-based jobs to help better lead our nation's
economic recovery," the executives wrote in the letter dated
"The Patent Reform Act of 2009 would fuel American
innovation and competitiveness by modernizing U.S. patent law,
improving patent quality, and reducing unnecessary litigation,"
they said in the letter.
The letter was released on Wednesday by the Coalition for
Patent Fairness, a pro-patent reform trade group.
Among the executives who signed the letter were: Tom Adams
of Rosetta Stone Inc (RST.N), Steven Appleton of Micron
Technology Inc MU.N, Jim Balsillie of Research In Motion
RIM.TO, Carl Bass of Autodesk (ADSK.O), Safra Catz of Oracle
ORCL.O, John Chambers of Cisco (CSCO.O), Ed Colligan of Palm
PALM.O, Michael Dell of Dell DELL.O, Mark Hurd of
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N), Shantanu Narayen of Adobe Systems Inc
(ADBE.O), Paul Otellini of Intel Corp (INTC.O), Eric Schmidt of
Google Inc (GOOG.O) and Brad Smith of Intuit (INTU.O).
(Reporting by Diane Bartz)