The Japanese are most interested in US patent legislation. They maintain a large lobbying presence in Washington, and they hire many US lobbying firms to influence US legislation and regulation. There is even a separate office of the Japanese government in Washington to coordinate their lobbying activity concerning the US patent laws.
Though the small business community has largely missed the debate, a major struggle is taking place over the future of the US patent system. Some patent authorities claim what is at stake is the ability of innovation-driven small businesses and startups to raise capital and properly develop innovations so they can best compete in the [...]