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When Microsoft Says Patent Reform It Means Patent Deform

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Summary: Microsoft is lobbying for changes in patent law, but not the sort of changes that can harm Microsoft's abuses-filled monopoly

THE word "reform" implies change, but this change need not be a positive one (only by consensus). Laws are subjective and they change all the time to better adjust for someone's interests, or simply work to the detriment of those whose role is seen as unethical or too competitive for those in power.

Microsoft has a message about "Patent Reform" -- a message that's already parroted by the 'Microsoft press', specifically the Microsoft booster Kurt Mackie (another example exists as other Microsoft boosters/blogs covered it without scrutiny).

Sadly, this is all that we could find in Google News. It's just a PR routine and in response to Microsoft's blog post, Stefano Maffulli wrote:

Microsoft advocates for higher fees to file patents: only the richest should be inventors? Typical

Microsoft's lobby (from its two patent extortionists) arrives at an interesting time because Patrick Leahy et al. put forth the Patent Reform Act of 2011 [1, 2]. Microsoft wants to ensure that such a reform is only beneficial to Microsoft, not to the American public or the international community. Reuters has this new article about patent reform:

Senior U.S. lawmakers are once again planning to reform the patent system to try to eliminate huge damage awards, an issue ripe for legislation after recent court decisions challenged calculation methods.

What Microsoft wants is not the end of software patents or the end of its own patent extortion. It only wants the elements that harm Microsoft to be weakened, so authors who suggest that Microsoft rethinks its patent aggression is simply not paying close enough attention. Microsoft is a major part of the patent crisis (too much extortion and lawsuits), so the reform it craves would just weaken patent trolls but not monopolists.

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