Politico | Erin Mershon
Main Street Patents 2.0 is here, with Baldick as chief. The giant coalition of pro-patent reform advocates has finally launched, complete with a new name: United for Patent Reform.
The new alliance, whose membership roster closely resembles that of the now-defunct Main Street Patent Coalition, will combine the resources of tech companies like Google and Oracle, retailers’ organizations and even familiar groups like the Coalition for Patent Fairness to push for strong patent reforms in Congress this year. The large coalition will be the main voice for advocates, according to launch materials.
The executive director heading the new coalition is Nick Baldick, the managing partner of Hilltop Public Solutions. Baldick has run campaigns for groups like the Democratic Attorneys General Association and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and his firm also will handle grassroots efforts on behalf of United for Patent Reform.
Last year’s Main Street Patent Coalition never registered its own lobbyists, but the new group plans to handle the bulk of the lobbying and communications for the array of patent reform advocates. As previously reported in POLITICO, Fierce Government Relations and Elmendorf Ryan — who have between them represented companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco and Oracle — will take on the issue for the group.
Reset Public Affairs, Peter Mirijanian Public Affairs and CLS Strategies will all manage public relations.
Kirkland and Ellis attorney Susan Davies will head up legal and policy work for the coalition. Davies was deputy White House counsel to President Barack Obama and also chief intellectual property counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee.