Every week, I get a logic-defying press release from the Sen. Patrick Leahy about how the patent reform bill is going to do everything but give a puppy to every sad kid in America.
Last week, it was something about how labor unions love the new patent reform bill.
Really? Is making sure judges are stricter about what damages testimony is admissible going raise the minimum wage?
There is a tiny bit of a back-story, which is that labor initially opposed the patent reform bill a few years back, for reasons that are still unclear. And now they’re behind it.
This week, Leahy sent me a release to say that the patent reform bill has been getting a lot of support. Oh look, he has laudatory quotes from companies like ExxonMobile, Monsanto, Bose, Dow Chemical, University of California, and of course “35 businesses from New Jersey.” Noticeably absent is any support from Silicon Valley’s big tech companies like Google, Apple and Cisco, who are all pissed about how the Senate version of the bill came out (free reg. req.).
But who cares if Steve Jobs likes the bill when you’ve got more than 30 businesses from New Jersey on your side? Right?