Google, Wal-Mart Ask Congress To Target 'Patent Trolls'

Law360, Los Angeles (July 30, 2013, 6:42 PM ET) -- Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Safeway Inc., Macy's Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and dozens of other companies on Tuesday urged Congress to expand a federal program under which entities can challenge dubious business-method patents relied on by so-called patent trolls.

Forty-four companies sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's covered business method program be reformed to cover all business-method patents, not just ones pertaining to financial services. The Internet Association, which encompasses companies involved in the new push, said in...
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