Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Nov 2013 18:07 UTC
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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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by bentoo on Thu 21st Nov 2013 22:04 UTC
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These companies also happen to have the largest lobbying corruption budgets. This is never going to change.


Sorry, Google is the reigning top dog when it comes to lobby spending. (Note that they're also on the top of campaign contributions too.)

2011:
http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/indusclient.php?id=B12&year=2011

2012:
http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/indusclient.php?id=B12&year=2012

2013:
http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/indusclient.php?id=B12&year=2013

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