Interesting twist in the patent reform battle this morning, as opposition to S. 23 from the Coalition for Patent Fairness splits Apple, Cisco, Dell and Intel, who are now opposing the reform bill, from Microsoft and IBM, who apparently support it. This is puzzling, since S. 23 basically provides for everything the coalition was asking for.
What’s their problem now? From Politico.com:
The bill “does not reflect the needs of our nation’s most innovative companies who constantly face the growing burden of abusive, unjustified patent infringement claims.”
I’m not sure what they would propose to add to address this concern, since abusive litigation is generally addressed on a case-by-case basis, but if anyone knows, please drop me a line.
- Lies And Ignorance Underlying The Patent Reform Act (gametimeip.com)
- Leahy fast-tracks patent bill (politico.com)
- Patent bill hits resistance (politico.com)