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As I said to Jeff offline, it is becoming a cost 
item and frightens the peasants.  Time to get 
the pitchforks out and go monster hunting.  If 
Frankie turns out to be a lawyer, so much the 

Seriously, someone in the American Congress 
has to start taking the IPR issues to heart. 
For that to happen, people have to be disturbed 
enough to make it an issue worthy of some 
campaign spending and speeches.  It isn't 
likely, but Rick is right that this is affecting 
global trade.  Given the really high costs 
for these cases (our hardware division melted down 
while we fought Intel to defend our hardware 
patents), one would think it would be in everyone's 
interest to fix the problems. 

IMO, flakey patents are like frivolous lawsuits 
just as you suggest.   As usual, the consensus 
issue should be jobs.


From: John Evdemon [mailto:jevdemon@acm.org]

On 23 Jan 2003 at 10:45, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> It is time for organizations to begin to talk to
> candidates for high office about real patent reform,
> what is required and what it will take to get it. 
Not nearly enough.  This is another illustration of the 
need for tort reform, although I doubt we see this happen 
anytime soon (how likely is it that a bunch of lawyers will 
vote for tort or even patent reform??)


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