Lemeowski writes: A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) paints a rather grim picture of the current patent system, especially for software patents. The report found that between 2007 and 2011, two-thirds of defendants in patent litigation were sued over software-related patents, saying unclear and overly-broad patents were key factors in patent litigation abuse. Red Hat Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy Mark Bohannon takes an in-depth look at the new GAO report, saying it offers solid evidence for reforming the U.S. patent system.
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