The specific reforms include:
- Improved transparency of what is covered by patents and who owns those patents. In support of that end, Microsoft has pledged to publish on-line by April 1st on line the necessary information that would allow anyone to determine what patents Microsoft own.
- Reforms to stop the abuse of Standards-Essential Patents.
- Reforms which would see patent trolls pay if they lose a patent litigation.
- Reforms which would see patent quality improve including providing more time for examination of an application.