"This statement seemed reflective primarily of the position of Microsoft, which not only submitted comments to the SCP/13 prior to its convening, it was also represented at the meeting by means of a Director of International IP Policy, who was registered with the delegation of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). FSFE managed to respond in its oral intervention shortly afterwards, providing some balance, but several people were questioning the initial imbalance of the governmental statement. Accusations against any party would however be misplaced. It is legitimate for Microsoft to represent its own particular interests in the same way that it is legitimate for any company or person to seek to influence the political process. The people attending these meetings always come from a wide mix of backgrounds, such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and in case of the SCP, many of the delegates will be from the patent offices of their governments, including the U.S. delegate, who was from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)."