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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Didn't you know that Caterpillar has an arch rival in JCB? Patents are essential for keeping upstarts (despite their superior products) in check.

You can replace those two companies with pretty well any two major players in any industry.

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