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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shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

like it or dislike it, but Apple sues within the law and rules.


As most patent trolls do. Current laws and rules have too many holes. MS was targeted by patent trolls as well, they don't oppose the reform when it's affecting NPEs, but they oppose reform which affects their fake patents. Why Apple isn't on the list is interesting though, since I don't see their position being too different from Microsoft's on this one.

Edited 2013-11-21 16:09 UTC

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

A number of people wonder about it, but Thom doesn't.

Bigger companies are effected in bigger ways. Apple is big so they must have looked at this very carefully, yet decided to take no action meaning they probably agree. if they didn't there would be no shame in joining a long list that include some other big names. Them being on the list would increase its weights.

But despite being labeled the baddest by Thom they aren't on it.

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