This year's attempt at pushing patent reform was introduced to Congress recently by a pair of                               Democrats, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; and                               Representative Howard Berman (D-California), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee                               Courts/Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. The legislation, The Patent Reform Act                               of 2007, is actually an updated version of a similar bill introduced in 2006. To put it simply, large                               technology companies want changes to the patent laws. But some of the smaller companies fear                               that these changes may leave them exposed.                              Some of the largest United States companies would like to see sweeping changes to the patent                               laws, especially in those cases where such laws have hindered profitability because of patents held                               by much smaller firms. Of course, changes that favor the larger companies that can afford the                               additional legal expenses for filing and protecting patent rights will do little for the smaller,                               more creative firms that often rely on one or two key innovations as the basis for their business.                               At least one group, the Innovation Alliance (www.innovationalliance.net), wishes to use The                               Patent Reform Act of 2007 to improve the quality of granted patents in this country, rather than                               make it easier for larger companies to take away innovations from smaller firms. Especially those                               working in technology should not have to be reminded that the backbone of technology in this                               country is the small and creative firms not afraid to gamble on new ideas.