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 promoting innovation and economic growth.” Yesterday, the FTC released its report, Patent Assertion Entity Activity: An FTC Study, which considers—in 269 pages—the practices of 22 PAEs and 327 affiliated entities from January 2009 through mid-September 2014.  This post addresses three findings in the report. Portfolio   Read More »

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Arizona Enacts New Patent Troll Legislation

Last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2386, known as the “Arizona Patent Troll Prevention Act.” Modeled after similar legislation passed by other states, the Act prohibits bad faith demands of patent infringement and gives the Attorney General authority to enforce the Act.  Arizona now joins 27 states that, since 2013, have enacted similar legislation to deter and punish bad faith assertions of patent infringement. The Act includes a non-exhaustive list of factors that may evidence a “bad faith” demand of patent infringement, including: the demand does not contain the patent number, the name and address of   Read More »

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