“Apple CEO Tim Cook visited at least one Capitol Hill lawmaker while in Washington this week,” Julian Hattem reports for The Hill. “Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) met with Cook on Tuesday to discuss the veteran senator’s technology agenda, his office said.”
“Hatch has been a supporter of tech-focused policy issues in Congress and has tried to prioritize a number of items ahead of next year’s GOP takeover of the Senate,” Hattem reports. “For one, that means dealing with patent “trolls,” which companies claim buy up vague patent licenses with the intent of filing lawsuits against others to extract costly settlements. The suits lead to an estimated $60 billion annual hit to the economy, critics argue.”
Hattem reports, “Hatch was a driving force behind the Senate’s effort to pass patent reform earlier this year, and the issue seems likely to emerge early next year.”
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