Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Nov 2013 18:07 UTC

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider legislation aimed at reining in abusive patent litigation. But one of the bill's most important provisions, designed to make it easier to nix low-quality software patents, will be left on the cutting room floor. That provision was the victim of an aggressive lobbying campaign by patent-rich software companies such as IBM and Microsoft.

These companies also happen to have the largest lobbying corruption budgets. This is never going to change.

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Caterpillar? WTF?

Never heard that "These boots were made for patenting" song before?

Also, who the heck are 95% of these companies?

That's where it gets tricky. Some of these companies/industries depend on patents just for survival, mainly those in research. In other circles (say the medical or construction equivalent of OSnews), patents may well be revered.

Quite the mess we have here.

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