How the patent trolls won in Congress

By Joe Mullin

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) killed the patent reform bill on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday morning, tech sector lobbyists thought they were in the final stages of pushing through a hard-fought compromise on patent reform. “Tuesday night it was moving forward, Wednesday morning it was moving forward,” said Julie Samuels, director of Engine, a group that lobbies for startups. “Then I looked at Twitter and there was a tweet saying it was dead. What the hell?”

Samuels’ story was a typical one for Wednesday, …read more

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