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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RE: Hang on a second...
by Soulbender on Thu 21st Nov 2013 05:15 UTC in reply to "Hang on a second..."
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Why should it matter to the government if IBM would be forced to oppose the bill?

Because it would mean that IBM would stop bribing senators. Oh wait, sorry, did I say bribe? I mean "support their campaigns" because we all know that lobbying is absolutely not, in any way at all, legalized corruption.

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