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"[Microsoft CEO] Steve Ballmer came once to a meeting that we held, and there were folks there from Sun Microsystems.
Wall Street has been preoccupied by last year's financial reform bill and this year's scuffle over debit card swipe fees.
"The interesting thing about patent reform is that it didn't break along traditional ideological lines. It was a corporate thing," says Karl Manheim, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Manheim served as special counsel to the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property for much of the patent fight.
Lawmakers have spent nearly a decade jockeying over intellectual property rules in what has become a sprawling corporate feud -- one that currently involves nearly 800 registered lobbyists.
Today, the patent bill looks like a scorecard tallying points for powerful corporations: a win for pharmaceutical companies whose monopolies are driving up Medicare costs; a win for Wall Street's battle against check-processing patents; a loss for tech giants who had hoped to curb costly lawsuits.