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New North Carolina Law Provides Tool to Battle Patent Trolls

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed a bill aimed at the abusive assertion of patents. It was part of the Commerce Protection Act of 2014 (S 648, S.L. 2014-110, section 2.1) and was signed into law by Governor...more

Proposed Legislation Seeks to Limit Patent Trolls’ Access to ITC Investigations

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, U.S. Congressmen Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) introduced legislation aimed at reducing the ability of patent trolls to initiate ITC investigations....more

House Passes Patent Reform Legislation

The U.S. Congress continues to focus on patent reform legislation with House passage of the Innovation Act, a bill primarily addressing the conduct of patent litigation. While much attention has been paid to litigation...more

The Year of the Patent Troll

2013 was another milestone year for patents. Here are some highlights: - The most significant change in U.S. Patent Law from the America Invents Act (AIA) was implemented on March 16, 2013, changing the system from a...more

The Five Ps of Patent Reform: What You Need to Know About the Patent Litigation Reform Legislation Moving Through Congress

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was passed by Congress and enacted into law on September 16, 2011. Named for its lead sponsors, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Act changed the U.S. patent...more

FTC Announces Study of "Patent Assertion Entities"

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on September 27, 2013 that it would begin an investigation of so-called “patent assertion entities” (PAE). Its first step was to seek public comment on a lengthy series of...more

"FTC Seeks Comment on Collection of Information Relating to Patent Assertion Entities"

On September 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the four sitting Commissioners voted unanimously to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information to examine how patent assertion entities (PAEs)...more

Patent Trolls Play On

The gathering storm of potential legislation against Patent Assertion Entities, otherwise known as patent trolls, has been well reported, but what are the trolls doing in response? ...more

Federal and State Governments Position Patent Trolls in their Crosshairs

The number of patents filed in recent years has increased with the proliferation of complex products containing thousands of components. So too has the incidence of lawsuits or threats of suit....more

What If Anything Should Be Done About Patent Assertion Entities?

Since 2005 there has been increased concern about patent enforcement by parties that have variously been referred to as patent trolls, non-practicing entities, patent aggregators and, most recently, patent assertion entities....more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2013

Copyright co-ownership is a well-established method of allocating rights within the software, recording, and motion picture industries. In theory, it presents a clear and simple arrangement and provides a strong degree of...more

ITC Section 337 Update - June 18, 2013

In This Issue: - Commission Issues Exclusion Order In 794 Investigation Despite FRAND Declarations - White House Releases Report On Patent Assertion And U.S. Innovation; Makes Legislative Recommendations And...more

Update: Are the Regulators Coming for the Patent Trolls?

We recently wrote about a workshop held by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to discuss perceived abuses by patent acquisition entities....more

White House Announces Initiatives Against Patent Trolls

On June 4, 2013, the White House issued a press release announcing its “Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues.” The press release outlined five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations “designed to protect...more

Obama moves to curb patent trolls - but beware of unintended consequences

President Barack Obama has announced a new executive and legislative initiative aimed at curbing patent infringement suits by “patent trolls,” who generate revenue through extortionate litigation, not real innovation....more

White House Proposes Measures to Deter Frivolous U.S. Patent Troll Litigation and Improve Patent Quality

On June 4, 2013, United States President Barack Obama announced in a White House press release, five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations aimed at deterring frivolous patent litigation and ensuring the...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Massive Increase In "Patent Trolls" Elicits Legislative Recommendations And Executive Actions

The Leonard, Street and Deinard patent litigation team helps clients on a daily basis to defend against and resolve threats of patent infringement by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs, often referred to as "patent trolls")....more

President Obama, Judge Rader, and Patent Trolls

President Obama and the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit struck a one-two punch in the fight against patent trolls this week....more

White House Issues Executive Actions and Legislative Recommendations Aimed at Patent Assertion Entities

Recognizing a problem that has long plagued Silicon Valley technology companies, on June 4, 2013, President Barack Obama issued executive actions and legislative recommendations "to protect innovators from frivolous...more

Are the Regulators Coming after the Patent Trolls?

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice recently held a workshop to discuss the effects of patent assertion entities (PAEs) on innovation and competition....more

FTC and DOJ Explore Role of Patent Assertion Entities in the Patent Innovation Market

On December 10, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly presented the “Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) Activities Workshop.” This publicly-held workshop signaled a recognition by...more

Who Are the Trolls?

The September 16 delivery date for the GAO study on “non-practicing entities” (NPEs) and "patent assertion entities" (PAEs) under the America Invents Act has come and gone, and a report is now expected by November or...more

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