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President Obama says patent reform has gone "about halfway to where we need to go", doesn't comment on unlocking phones

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President Obama says patent reform has gone "about halfway to where we need to go", doesn't comment
President Obama held another Google+ Hangout today and answered questions on a number of topics, and a couple of the items on the table today were topics very close to our hearts here at PhoneArena. The president talked about patent reform, saying it has only gone "about halfway to where we need to go", and unfortunately he avoided the topic of unlocking phones.

On the topic of patents, President Obama made it clear that he understands the trouble that patent trolls are causing, but as usual, he was careful to mention that there isn't an easy fix to the issue. He admitted that the recent patent reform bill hasn't solved all of the problems, and continued on to talk about patent trolls, saying:
Of the 10 most popular questions voted on for the president, the 8th most popular concerned the legality of unlocking or modifying phones. It asked, "Mr. President, would you support a small, targeted fix to copyright law that allows folks to use the devices and digital media that they have already paid for, however they like, and for their own personal use?" Unfortunately, the president was never presented this question, and so did not comment on it.

The petition concerning unlocking cell phones is still about 32,000 signatures short of the 100,000 needed to require a White House response on the issue. The petition expires on February 23rd, so share that petition as much as you can before then, and maybe we can get a real response on the question.

You can watch the full Hangout below. The comments about patents comes around 43 minutes in.

source: TechDirt (Hangout transcript) via Ars Technica

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