Michelle Lee, Google's head of patents and patent strategy, wrote a post on a company blog this week calling for a renewed effort at patent reform. In the post, Lee mentions the fact that non-practicing patent holding companies—which represent 90% of patent infringement allegations against her company—are very often controlled by patent lawyers, who sometimes take the next step and claim inventorship themselves. "The temptations and opportunities for abuse have gotten too high," writes Lee.
She concludes by opining that chances for patent reform in 2009 look better than they did in the past Congress.
More this week on patent reform: Zusha Elinson writes about Silicon Valley gearing up for the patent reform debate. More coverage of early jockeying for position in the 2009 patent reform debate on Patently-O and 271 Patent Blog.