Thursday, October 16, 2008

Prominent academics?

An article titled Don't mess with American ingenuity begins:

What if I told you that labor unions, small-business associations, drug companies, physicians’ groups, prominent academics and the Bush administration were all lined up against a major piece of federal legislation currently winding its way through congress? Would the convergence of these normally disparate interests make you suspicious of the legislation, sight unseen?

It should. All these groups have publicly opposed the Patent Reform Act, a bill that’s supposedly aimed at modernizing America’s patent system. Backed by several large technology companies, the measure passed the House last September and is currently under consideration in the Senate.

The text sounds on point EXCEPT for the reference to "prominent academics." Most "prominent" IP law professors backed patent reform. This, of course, may depend on what one means by "prominent."


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