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February 27, 2009


Congress is nothing more than a pack of whores who flash their wares as proposed legislation, to attract lobbyists pumping them with money to sway a bill this way or that. The past three years running, patent reform bills have wafted as a lure for lining pockets. Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy and his House counterpart John Conyers are going trolling again. The word on the street is that they will jointly introduce this year's patent reform spliff next week, entertaining offers to roll more green into it.

Prudent Hal Wegner: "It is premature to issue any predictions on the likelihood of enactment."

Impudent Patent Hawk: "With no subcommittees to sift the silt, the swirl of controversy that damned passage of similar spliffs these past years most certainly makes this year's spliff one that will again go up in smoke."

Posted by Patent Hawk at February 27, 2009 10:47 PM | The Patent System


From EE times:

Big electronics companies are pushing hard for such legislation. Leahy held a $10,000 per plate dinner in Silicon Valley on February 17. It was hosted by the general counsels of Apple, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Google, Oracle, Symantec and Yahoo among others.

Posted by: anonymousAgent at February 28, 2009 9:50 AM

Wouldn't having "no subcommittees to sift the silt" tend to give more power to the mook proposing the legislation to snow over other committe members? As in, "I am the IP expert on the committee here, and THIS, this here is a good bill".

Posted by: anon at March 1, 2009 10:26 PM

Oh, Gee...

Will it ever end ???
Everybody is sick and tired of this so-called patent "reform" of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and now 2009...
The economy is in its worst shape in decades and those arseholes keep talking about the harm done by little "patent trolls" ???
Just give me a break

Posted by: angry dude at March 2, 2009 9:09 AM