Patent Trolls Federal Trade Commission

Patent Troll is a pejorative term used to describe persons or entities who aggresively assert patent ownership rights and typically do not manufacture or make use of the underlying patented inventions. Often,... more +
Patent Troll is a pejorative term used to describe persons or entities who aggresively assert patent ownership rights and typically do not manufacture or make use of the underlying patented inventions. Often, patent trolls exist solely to aggregate and litigate patents. Many in the technology industry claim that patent trolls stifle innovation and have urged Congress to combat these practices by passing comprehensive patent reform. less -
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FTC Commissioner Brill Urges Congress to Act on Patent Trolls

In a speech at the American Antitrust Association (AAI) and Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) Conference on Innovation, Patents and PAEs on December 10, 2014, Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Julie Brill...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #4

FTC Takes on a Patent Troll - Tackling the issue of patent trolls for the first time, the Federal Trade Commission charged MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC and its law firm Farney Daniels with making deceptive claims...more

Trolls Under the Bridge: FTC Proposes Settlement with Patent Assertion Entity

On November 6, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release regarding a proposed settlement that would bar the company, MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC (MPHJ), from making deceptive representations when...more

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Settles Complaint Against Patent Troll That Manufacturers Should Be Aware Of

Earlier this year, I wrote about efforts to reform the patent system to curtail abuses by “patent trolls.” Patent trolls do not manufacture anything. Rather, they often buy up patents and then bring lawsuits against...more

FTC Proposes Consent Order to Settle Charges Alleging Misrepresentations by Patent Assertion Entity

On November 6, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission proposed a consent order that would settle charges against a patent assertion entity, MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC (“MPHJ”), and a law firm that represented MPHJ....more

Turning The Tide on “Trolls”

When a non-practicing entity (NPE) accused 16,000 small businesses of violating its patent by merely emailing scanned documents, the New York attorney general cracked down, forcing a settlement. Then the FTC threatened to sue...more

Why patent reform won’t wait for Congressional action

Last month, after repeated delays and countless compromises, Sen. Patrick Leahy took the Senate’s version of comprehensive patent reform legislation off the calendar — dashing the hopes of those seeking reform without even a...more

Legal Alert: UPDATE: The Hare Loses Steam – Patent Litigation Reform Law Unlikely This Year

Efforts by the U.S. Senate to pass an alternative to the Innovation Act, which aims to reform abusive patent litigation, have stalled. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is leading the effort, has announced that his committee is tabling...more

Update on Anti-Patent-Troll Laws

Yesterday draft “anti-patent-troll” legislation was put forward in Washington. This is part of a ground swell of opposition to illegitimate patent demand letters from so-called patent assertion entities (PAEs), or “patent...more

"Antitrust and Competition: Nonmerger Enforcement Activity Heats Up on Both Sides of the Atlantic"

U.S. and European antitrust agencies had similar enforcement priorities last year, a trend we expect to continue in 2014. Nonmerger enforcement will continue to focus on intellectual property, financial services and...more

Patent Assertion Entity Sues FTC, Agrees to Follow New York Attorney General Guidelines

A well-known “patent assertion entity” (PAE), MPHJ Technology Investment LLC, filed a declaratory judgment suit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its Commissioners for the agency’s alleged “threats to bring...more

An NPE Settles with New York, Sues FTC

Over the past year, both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government have expressed increasing support for legislation and other measures targeting patent litigation abuse by non-practicing entities...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

US China Trade War–Developments In Trade, Customs, Patents, Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, solar cells, Customs, 337/patents, antitrust and securities areas. On September 26th there were reports that the United States and China have been negotiating for the past...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

Obama Administration and Congress Taking Aim at Patent Enforcement Tactics

The subject of patent assertion entities ("patent trolls") has received a lot of attention in recent weeks. The federal government is now taking action on numerous measures to combat the persistence of these patent trolls....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

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

Intellectual Property And Technology News - Issue 18, Q2 2013

In This Issue: - In The ITC: ..The Public Interest Factors – NEWEST PATENT TROLL COUNTERMEASURE? ..ITC or District Court? Look at the Math - The New gTLDs And The Trademark Clearinghouse: Four Tips...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

FTC/DOJ Workshop Shines Spotlight On Competitive Harms and Benefits of Patent Assertion Entities

On Monday, December 10, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice held a joint workshop (Agenda) on the activities of patent assertion entities (“PAEs”). PAEs, sometimes...more

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