Patent Law Overhaul: Bad For Start-Ups?

from c|net News

Silicon Valley start-ups and independent technologists will suffer if Congress’s proposed overhaul of the U.S. patent system succeeds, the brains behind the Segway and Apple’s QuickTime video argued Thursday.

The list of companies favoring the proposed Patent Reform Act of 2007, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a 220 to 175 vote earlier this month, seemingly includes all of today’s major tech-sector players–including Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, Google, eBay, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle. But opponents of the bill say a tech-oriented side of the story is getting drowned out by those powerful lobbying forces as politicians press ahead with the most significant patent system changes in decades

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