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FTC Releases Report on Patent Assertion Entities

Three years ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced a study of “patent assertion entities” (“PAEs”): “businesses that acquire patents from third parties and seek to generate revenue by asserting them against alleged infringers.”  The FTC’s purpose was to gather information about PAEs in order to make informed policy decisions regarding “the role of PAEs in […]

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Patent Assertion Entity Settles FTC Charges

Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) acquire patent rights and attempt to generate revenue by licensing or litigating the patents.  In September 2013, the FTC announced its decision to collect empirical data to study the effects of PAE activities. Recently, on November 6, 2014, the FTC agreed to settle charges against MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC, a PAE […]

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FTC Requests Comments on Proposed Study of Patent Assertion Entities

On September 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced its intention to conduct a study of “patent assertion entities” (“PAEs”).  The FTC’s press release is here, the Federal Register notice is here, and the online public comment form is here. According to the FTC, “PAEs are firms with a business model based primarily on purchasing […]

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