Get Your Representative to Sponsor H.R 6557
We have come so far. Congress is beginning to listen. A bill has been introduced in Congress. H.R. 6557 – the Inventor Protection Act. It will restore patent protection for inventors. But it will not move forward without you. You must insist that your Congressman or Congresswoman co-sponsor this bill so that it can be voted on and sent to the Senate, and then to the President. There is no time to spare. Do it now. Our nation depends on inventors, inventors depend on patent rights, and patent rights depend on you.
1. Schedule a Meeting With Your Representative
Go to House.Gov and enter your zip code in the top right. On the next page click on the link to the website for your representative. There you will find contact information. Call, email, or complete the form asking to meet with the representative. Follow their instructions. You probably will be asked to fill out a form or send an email to set up a meeting. Here is what you can say:
I am an inventor from _____________, and I need to meet with Representative ____________ to discuss the serious problems in the patent system and the Inventor Protection Act. The main point of this meeting is for me to explain how recent court decisions and laws have negatively impacted inventors, and how the Inventor Protection Act addresses the issues. Due to the urgency of this matter, I am willing to meet with Representative ____________ either here in the district office or in Washington, D.C. at [his/her] earliest convenience.
You can meet them in the local office or in Washington, D.C. If you need help with travel expenses let us know.
You have to be persistent. Don’t let them give you the run-around. Explain that you are prepared to work around their schedule, but you must meet with the Congressman or Congresswoman. They may not realize it, but this is one of the most important issues facing the nation. You are competing for their time with professional lobbyists paid to divert their attention for thousands of other issues that are not as critical as this.
Scheduling and bureaucracy are the only obstacles. You must overcome the obstacles to get the appointment.
2. Review The Issues
3. Close the Deal
When you have an appointment you are most of the way there. Contact us to complete preparation for the meeting. It will involve connecting your personal story to this cause, reviewing the main points of the bill and the problems it solves, and setting closing strategy tailored for your representative. This approach is extremely effective and most of the time results in the representative saying yes.