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Patent Trolls International 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 -

Intellectual Property Legislation Update: The Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act of 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

This past June, a group of U.S. Senators introduced the first patent-focused piece of legislation of the 115th Congress: the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, which proposes a myriad of changes to the United States patent system....more

ITC Section 337 Update – August 2016

by King & Spalding on

DeLorme Seeks Certiorari Review Of Consent Order Penalty Based On Expired Patent — On July 13, 2016, DBN Holding, Inc. and BDN LLC (“DeLorme”) filed a petition for writ of certiorari to review a judgment of the United States...more

ITC Section 337 Update – April 2016

by King & Spalding on

Legislation Introduced to Amend Section 337 – On March 22, 2016, Representatives Cárdenas (D-CA) and Farenthold (R-TX) introduced the “Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act,” which amends Section 337 with respect to,...more

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

What If Anything Should Be Done About Patent Assertion Entities?

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

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

ITC Section 337 Update - June 18, 2013

by King & Spalding on

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

White House Announces Initiatives Against Patent Trolls

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

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

In the ITC: The public interest factors – newest patent troll countermeasure?

by DLA Piper on

The International Trade Commission opened its doors to non-practicing entities (NPEs) with its decision in Certain Coaxial Cable Connectors and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-650 (reported in IPT News, Q3 2010), holding...more

ITC Section 337 Update - May 1, 2013

by King & Spalding on

Congress Holds Hearings On Section 337 Litigation – On April 16, 2013, the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, held a hearing on “Abusive Patent Litigation: The...more

Congress Conducts Hearings on Section 337 Litigation at the International Trade Commission

by King & Spalding on

On April 16, 2013, the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, held a hearing on “Abusive Patent Litigation: The Issues Impacting American Competitiveness and Job...more

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