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These numbers are very interesting. Would it be possible to provide them in some context, i.e., how does lobbying expenditure by companies in lifesciences compare with lobbying expenditures by companies in high-tech, oil, automotive, defense, etc.

Michael:

According to CPI, lifesciences lobbying (when coupled with healthcare products) was at the top of the list for the first quarter of 2008, and the other industries you listed were no higher than third. However, it is quite likely that healthcare products companies contributed a significant portion of the $52.8 million in lobbying spending.

Nevertheless, I will hunt around online and see if I can get some numbers for the IT organizations that have been advocating for patent reform and rules changes at the PTO. Thanks for the suggestion and for reading Patent Docs.

Don

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