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Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate 157

First time accepted submitter VT-802-Software (3663479) writes "A bipartisan proposal to curb patent trolls was shelved by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday. 'Supporters of the compromise accuse trial lawyers, universities, pharmaceutical companies and biotech companies for foiling the plan at the eleventh hour. As late as Tuesday, the University of Vermont and a biotech coalition each sent letters to Leahy opposing the legislation. "We believe the measures in the legislation go far beyond what is necessary or desirable to combat abusive patent litigation, and would do serious damage to the patent system," reads one of the letters. "Many of the provisions would have the effect of treating every patent holder as a patent troll."'"
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Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

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  • by MrBigInThePants ( 624986 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @08:48PM (#47071525)
    1) That almost certainly wont happen when you out them - certainly not over an issue like this.

    2) They will be replaced with another corrupt drone even if they are.


    Because it is the system of government that has become corrupted. Cutting off a few branches when the tree is infected will not work.

    There is something moronic here and it is not my comment....
  • Re:Kudos (Score:3, Interesting)

    by mellon ( 7048 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @09:10PM (#47071581) Homepage

    It's hard to understand how Leahy could have been forced into shelving the bill. He could have been arm-twisted into it, or he could have been predisposed to do it, but forced? How would that happen?

  • by dshk ( 838175 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @09:25PM (#47071641)

    "Many of the provisions would have the effect of treating every patent holder as a patent troll."

    Software should not have been patented, and software patents are indeed not allowed in Europe (although they are lobbying hard to bring the broken US system into Europe).

    I am yet to see a software patent which worth the effort of reading and decoding its intentionally unclear text. In the best case they are basically direct applications of unpatentable mathematical knowledge produced by real scientists, and not the inventors mentioned in the patent.

    So yes, anybody who uses software patents for litigation or for any other purpose except defending against a troll, is indeed a patent troll.

  • Re:Kudos (Score:4, Interesting)

    by pepty ( 1976012 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @10:11PM (#47071783)
    Also not a big moment for Slashdot: No discussion of which aspects of the legislation the biotechs and universities objected to. Not in the summary, the original story, or the discussion here.
  • by Crypto Gnome ( 651401 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @10:54PM (#47071915) Homepage Journal
    You, sir, are a complete IDIOT!,

    The money that universities make off their patents doesn't go into the pockets of some mysterious investor but BACK INTO FUNDING THE UNIVERSITY.

    As a direct result of being able to profit from their patented research universities can afford to do more (or more expensive) research without having to dip into TAX DOLLARS to do so.
  • by Nom du Keyboard ( 633989 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @11:29PM (#47072043)

    Who still buys into that garbage that only Republicans protect big business that the nice and friendly, warm and fuzzy, Democrats are the party of the People?
    (Hint: They're the party of the Union bosses and every corporate lobbyist with a checkbook. At least the Republicans don't lie about it.)

  • Re:Kudos (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Thursday May 22, 2014 @11:47PM (#47072093)

    However, don't single out the democrats. Their tag team partner republicans are in it over their heads also.

    Can you provide a citation for this? Everything I read says it was the Democratic leadership that wanted it killed, mainly because of objections from trial lawyer organizations that are big donors to the Democrats. If you know of a Republican that was involved, please name and shame.

  • Re:Kudos (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 23, 2014 @03:58AM (#47072717)
    Your arguments might be taken a little more seriously if they didn't contain about a dozen spelling and grammatical mistakes. When I find a mistake in the first three words of a post, I generally don't bother to read the rest.

    Suggestion - if you know you have problems with grammar and spelling, copy and paste your post into Word before submitting it. Word will at least give a cursory grammar and spelling check before you subject your ideas to public scrutiny.


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