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Shhh - Microsoft is For Patent Reform, Really

Some observers believe that Microsoft is actually stirring up heated debates over patents and the patent system in order to rally support for a wide-ranging patent reform bill recently debated in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.

To some observers, Microsoft Corp. seemed to have an odd sense of timing when it complained recently that open-source projects have allegedly violated 235 of its patents.

At the same time, Microsoft's Washington, D.C., staff is pushing for a patent overhaul bill that would make it tougher for patent holders to sue and collect large damage awards against infringers.

That patent reform bill came up for debate Wednesday, just days after Fortune published a story in which Microsoft officials claimed widespread violation of its patents in open source software.


I had earlier written about Microsoft's involvement in a non-software-related case argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, in which Microsoft was seemingly on the side of patent reform.

We also have excerpts of the oral arguments from the recent AT&T case that truly seem to indicate that Microsoft has, to some degree, recognized the abysmal state of the U.S. Patent System and its potential to stagnate the entire technology sector of our economy.

Now, they just need to get it through their heads that software, in and of itself, isn't patentable.

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