2 October 2013Patents

FTC to launch inquiry into patent assertion entities

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced it will begin an investigation into patent-assertion entities (PAEs).

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5 June 2013   US President Barack Obama has come out swinging against “patent trolls”, calling for swift policy changes to deter frivolous litigation and uphold patent quality.
28 June 2013   The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched a pilot programme aimed at reining in non-practising entities that own and assert patents without making products.
25 November 2013   The FTC has extended the deadline for public comments on its proposed investigation of PAEs.