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

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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Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Wed 20th Nov 2013 19:29 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

There's still the Senate and a conference committee to reconcile the differences. Strong support in the Senate would probably politically put the House in an awkward position.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Pro-Competition on Wed 20th Nov 2013 19:57 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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2007-08-20

We can hope, at least.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by tylerdurden on Thu 21st Nov 2013 02:59 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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2009-03-17

The Senate is even more bought out than the House (by design). So not a chance.

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