Stupid, dated, and vague patents can be a nightmare for innovating companies. Just ask Google and Mark Cuban. And patent trolling, using these questionable patents, seems to be more popular than ever.
That's why the White House has repeatedly called for reform, including in this week's State of the Union address. That's why the House passed the Innovation Act last year. And that's why the Senate is currently considering their own version of the bill, which has one thing that the House's version doesn't: Covered Business Method (CBM) Review.
It's a good idea, in theory. Any company that is being accused of infringement can pause the litigation and attack the merits of the patent itself in an invalidation proceeding at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. So why are a handful of software companies so vehemently opposed to the idea?