House of Reps. approve smaller fines in copyright spats

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| A new US law which would reduce the damages to be paid out for patent
| infringement has been passed by one half of the US legislature. The proposed
| law was backed by large technology firms and banks but opposed by smaller
| tech companies and drug companies.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/09...amage_control/


Related:

White House opposes tech-backed patent bill

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| The Bush administration argues that such an approach "would introduce new
| complications and risks reducing incentives to innovate."
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http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-977...=2547-1_3-0-20


Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses

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| A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims
| that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking
| almost any participation by the small business community.
|
| Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for
| competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by
| large corporations and the patent industry.
|
| [...]
|
| The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and
| Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report.
| But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the
| report in any way
|
| [...]
|
| Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community,
| said that he found the report useless: participants were told that
| all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only
| those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.
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http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/99155/bi...usinesses.html


Commerce Secretary names Schramm to innovation panel

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| He will be part of a lineup that includes the Microsoft Corp. CEO
| Steve Ballmer, 3M CEO George Buckley, UPS Chairman and CEO Michael Eskew,
| IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano and Wal-Mart Stores Vice Chairman John
| Menzer.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/bizj/061206/1386414.html?.v=2


http://antitrust.slated.org/www.iowa...00/PX03020.pdf