Silicon Valley's growing influence in Washington, D.C., will likely be felt when a patent reform bill is reintroduced. Big high-tech companies, like Cisco and Google, have pushed for the legislation that would limit the power of patents in the courts. On the other side of the debate, pharmaceutical companies that invest heavily in patenting their drugs, and tech companies that rely on licensing patents for revenue, have opposed past versions of the bill that they say would water down patent holders' rights.
Silicon Valley Raises Voice on IP Reform
March 3, 2009