Everyone agrees intellectual property is a powerful engine that drives innovation in Silicon Valley. And most everyone also agrees the United States’ patent system needs fixing. What companies here in the Valley — and across the country — are fighting fiercely over is just what, exactly, should be fixed.

As two comprehensive patent-reform bills are expected to land in the Senate and House over the next month, patent reform watchers say the issue, after years of wrangling, has gained considerable momentum. It’s no surprise, then, that Valley companies and their attorneys have hit the accelerator on lobbying, both here and in Washington. Millions of dollars in yearly litigation expenses are at stake for many of these companies.

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