In the wake of the decision by Patrick Leahy to pull wide-ranging patent reform from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda, there is a narrative emerging that it was all down to an unholy alliance of patent trolls, plaintiff lawyers and the pharmaceutical industry. Between them, so the story goes, they crushed a united front of technology companies to ensure that their own self-interest triumphed over the needs of America’s innovators, so ensuring continuing damage to the US economy.

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