On June 4, 2013, the White House issued a press release through the Office of the Press Secretary identifying five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations primarily directed at reducing or discouraging the litigation activities of patent assertion entities (PAEs), pejoratively referred to as “patent trolls,” and modifying aspects of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). While the proposals do not appear to have any immediate impact for either PAEs or other entities in the high-tech patent arena, they do provide insight on the direction the executive branch is trying to steer the patent system and the potential ramifications for patent litigation and prosecuting patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).