Yes, it’s become something of a cliche to post John Oliver’s weekly videos, but he keeps doing ones that feel like they’re ripped straight from Techdirt’s headlines that we just can’t help ourselves (also, if the team over there working for Oliver wants some help — let us know!). This time, he took on patent trolling and the need for patent reform in the US:
To be honest, if you regularly read our patent coverage there’s very little in there that you won’t already know — though our coverage doesn’t (generally) involve a dorky dancing guy who will draw you a cat, though if we get enough requests, perhaps we could add that to one of the Tims’ job responsibilities. Still, it’s nice to see more mainstream attention on patent trolls and the need for patent reform. The latest move for patent reform really kicked off in earnest when the issue got attention via a wonderful episode of This American Life. Perhaps John Oliver can help keep the momentum going so we can at least get something through Congress this year. It won’t be enough, but it will help.