Patent battle on Capitol Hill divides tech groups

09/23/2013 | Hill, The · Reuters

The review process at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is dividing technology interests that lobby members of Congress, The Hill's Kate Tummarello writes. One side, which includes AT&T, Google and Intel, supports the expansion of such reviews, while another group including Adobe, IBM and Microsoft opposes expansion legislation proposed in Congress. Separately, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., released a second draft of a bill to stop litigation abuses by "patent trolls" that the Software and Information Industry Association said is "a crucial legislative step toward achieving strong and effective patent litigation reform."

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