In this issue:

- The Patent-Antitrust Interface: Are There Any No-No's Today?

- The U.S. First-to-File Patent System Takes Effect March 16, 2013

- An Overview of the Key Substantive Changes Implemented by the Recently Enacted Amendments to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and Title 35

- Exelixis Revisited: Conflict in Determining Patent Term Adjustment

- A Major Change in Patent Term Adjustment Calculus on Appeal to the Federal Circuit: Steps Applicants May Need to Consider to Preserve Rights

- Understanding New Restrictions on Advertising GI Bill Benefits

- Federal Agencies Solicit Public Comments Regarding PAEs

- If You Don’t Want Your Registration Cancelled, Grant Your Opponent a Covenant Not to Sue

- The Rocket Docket Takes on Rocket Science

- Announcements And Reminders

An excerpt from "Federal Agencies Solicit Public Comments Regarding PAEs"

Policy makers in Washington, DC have been hearing about the problems created by patent assertion entities – PAEs or, to some, “patent trolls” – from a number of quarters over the past few years. PAEs are generally entities that acquire patents and patent families in order to enforce them in the marketplace. A critical difference between PAEs and other patent holders is that PAEs don’t generally make or sell products or services of their own, but simply license their patents to others. As a result, they are less susceptible to patent claims asserted by their targets and less concerned about discovery burdens than other parties in patent litigation.

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