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 blitze on Thu 21st Nov 2013 01:45 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? Is IBM a senator now? [/q]

Given the state of Politics in the West, why not have IBM and other corporations elected representatives. Cut out the middle man and save in bribes, cough, I mean campaign contributions.

Nothing like a good honest government providing governance for the benefit of society as a whole....

I go now to a corner and weep for humanity.

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