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 Mar 11, 2005 - 08:13 AM - by Michael
* MS agitates for patent reform

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Shocking as it sounds, MS - the "big bad company" - is agitating for responsible patent reform.

Microsoft also called for a patent system that is more accessible to small investors, and executives recommended that the U.S. Congress end patent filing fees for small companies, nonprofit groups, universities and individual inventors. "The system has to work for everybody," said David Kaefer, director of Microsoft?s IP Licensing Program. "It's only a system that works for the largest companies."

Microsoft and other tech companies have pushed Congress to end the diversion of patent fees from the USPTO to the U.S. government general budget, saying that the office needs more funding to evaluate the growing number of patent applications. The USPTO receives more than 350,000 patent applications per year, triple the number it received 20 years ago
If it amazes you, don't be too surprised; MS has been hit with a number of patent lawsuits in recent years from people who abused the patent system.
 

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