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April 8, 2008

Bought

The Coalition for Patent Fairness has just rented Congressional heavy hitters Trent Lott, R-Miss, John Breaux, D-La, and former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo, as a cluster contingent to shove the Patent Deform Act to ramming speed. As one wag mused: "If patent reform is going anywhere this year, it will happen either this week or next week. The CPF has been saying it's very confident that the bill will pass. If this is the case, why hire three of the most expensive lobbyists in Washington for a 1-2 week job?"

Posted by Patent Hawk at April 8, 2008 2:05 PM | The Patent System

Comments

Appropriate photo - pigs waiting for their next meal - er, that is their next lobbying job regardless of who the client may be.

Posted by: Anon1 at April 9, 2008 5:32 AM

Still waiting for a big jucy lobbyist scandal in Wash DC...
With all the money spent on this "deform" how come everybody's still out of jail ?
Hell, where is some Eliot Spitzer type of guy to prosecute those corporate butt-licking crooks ?
(alas, poor Eliot is no longer available for the job...)
This whole patent "deform" thing stinks badly

Posted by: angry dude at April 9, 2008 6:36 AM

Hawkie,
Aren't the unions supposed to be against this thing?? I thought Gephardt was "Mr. Union".
Am I missing something??
Also, do you still think this thing is dead?

Posted by: anonymousAgent at April 9, 2008 7:05 AM

"Aren't the unions supposed to be against this thing?? I thought Gephardt was "Mr. Union"."

I guess he's Mr. Green now

Money doesn't stink, as one Roman Emperor once said

Posted by: angry dude at April 9, 2008 9:07 AM

Gephardt, now a lobbyist, was a politician. Politician posturing is like corporate branding, selling image. In the case of politicians, the posturing is advertising for perceived constituent base.

Such posturing creates the illusion of statesmanship with cards well played at the right moment. Richard Nixon, tough anti-communist, buries the hatchet with communist China, for example.

Of course, the opposite occurs more regularly. NY governor Elliot Spitzer, moral crusader, caught with his pants down for a hooker. Idaho Senator Larry Craig, moral evangelist, entrapped soliciting a homosexual encounter.

Only rubes think that politicians are sincere, or that police reduce crime rather than create it.

People pursue their self interest with the best camouflage available, or that they themselves create.

Posted by: Patent Hawk at April 9, 2008 10:25 AM