Patent Reform Bill Reintroduced; More Of The Same
from the the-debate-is-misleading... dept
Unfortunately, the stuff that I think is good and necessary in the bill, such as limiting damages to the actual contribution of the patented technology, are what's considered "controversial," whereas many of the things I think are bad, such as switching from a "first to invent" to a "first to file" system aren't being considered that controversial at all. On the whole, this bill would solve some problems, while creating plenty of other problems, so I have a lot of trouble supporting it.
I can see why some big tech companies are supporting it, as it would definitely help some of the problems those companies face, but I don't think it does very much to fix the overall system. That said, it's pretty amusing to see the patent maximalists insisting that this bill will be the downfall of the American economy. There's nothing in the bill that would indicate that's true at all. It might cause some trouble for some firms that don't do anything in the marketplace, but about the only parts of the economy that will be harmed are a few patent attorneys (and some patent hoarders).