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Apple's 2007 Lobbying: Patent System Reform, Education Tax Breaks

The Associated Press (via Forbes.com) reveals that Apple has spent $720,000 on lobbying the U.S. Federal Government thus-far in 2007.

Topics of interest to Apple appear to be updating the U.S. patent system, and advocacy of bills to increase funding for technology in education and provide tax breaks for spending on research and development.

Many technology companies, including Apple, are interested in an update to the patent system that would help weed out bad patents by allowing companies to re-evaluate them after they are granted. Such an update could limit costly court battles.