Barnes and Noble’s strongly-worded response to Microsoft’s patent suit makes great reading, albeit rather depressing. They allege Microsoft is abusing patent complaints to engage in anti-competitive behaviour. Now where have I heard that fear expressed elsewhere…?
Now the ACTA appraisal document is out in the open it’s clear that USTR’s concerns were with people realising they are abusing process. The fact they appear to have abused the FOIA process in order to conceal their failure is all the more offensive.
It’s possible this document is a reasonable fallback in extreme cases, but as it stands it looks intrusive and open to arbitrary abuse and I think Americans should be concerned about it.
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