Is Microsoft Fixing Or Breaking The Patent System?

Law360, New York (July 11, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Led by Microsoft, a group of large U.S. computer technology and financial services companies calling themselves the “Coalition for Patent Fairness” is making unprecedented efforts to “reform” the established U.S. Patent system and fix perceived problems.

On Feb. 1, 2007 the coalition sent a letter to Congress requesting enactment of specific reforms that would dramatically weaken the rights of patent holders and transform patent litigation into a limited exercise before special courts dominated, no doubt, by judges friendly to large corporate defendants.

Leaders of other industries,...
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