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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RE[2]: Hang on a second...
by kwan_e on Thu 21st Nov 2013 01:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Hang on a second..."
kwan_e
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I'm not surprised that it happened. I'm surprised it was said so openly, and it is openly understood that campaign bribery is what they meant by it. I'm further surprised that there's no real backlash against politicians cowering in the face of such blatant threat and bribery.

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