Posts in Federal Trade Commission


FTC report on PAEs could have an outsized effect on U.S. patent reform debate

The information the FTC has been collecting regarding patent assertion entities is extensive. Along with standard corporate information, the FTC is making a survey of each patent …
By William Cory Spence
15 days ago 1

FTC and DOJ Antitrust Division Seek Comment on Proposed Update to IP Licensing Guidelines

The IP Licensing Guidelines, which state the agencies’ antitrust enforcement policy with respect to the licensing of intellectual property protected by patent, copyright, and trade secret law …

Airbnb lawsuit against San Francisco responds to increased regulations as room-sharing competitors enter market

The San Francisco-based online lodging rental company Airbnb is proving to be very disruptive to the hotel industry.... Despite the growing regulatory dustup concerning Airbnb, the short-term …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Business interests and consumer concerns clash at Senate hearing on FCC’s broadband privacy rules

On the morning of Tuesday, July 12th, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation convened for a hearing on a notice of proposed …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 3

Clinton tech agenda supports STEM education, infrastructure upgrades for Internet access

Clinton’s tech agenda revolves around five main points that she hopes will lead to American dominance in research and development as well as overall innovation. First, …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 7

FCC’s Tom Wheeler looks to extend his chokehold on ISPs with broadband privacy rules

ISPs have increasingly come under the focus of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the agency’s chairman, Tom Wheeler. The FCC is fresh from a major …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Appellate court upholds net neutrality rules that will hurt U.S. consumer, stagnate Internet innovation

The reason why net neutrality came up in the American political discourse in late 2014 has much to do with paid prioritization. Paid prioritization is an agreement in …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 6

Congressional Action Required: Post-Expiration Patent Royalties

Though much of today’s proposed patent legislation is controversial, removal of the Brulotte rule remains largely uncontested by analysts and has historically garnered support on both …
By Leslie Ware & Jaden Warren
3 months ago 6

Loan fraud charges filed by SEC target notable patent troll Jay Mac Rust

The patent trolling by MPHJ and owner, Texas lawyer Jay Mac Rust, are well known. But now the SEC is going after Jay Mac Rust in federal …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 2

What Can the FTC’s PAE Study Teach Us?

The set of questions asked will also naturally curb the conclusions that can be drawn from the study. This is true of any survey, but it is …
By Anne Layne-Farrar
4 months ago 0

What Can We Learn from the FTC’s Patent Assertion Entity Study?

It’s very unlikely that obtaining data from just 25 PAEs will provide a representative sampling of PAEs given that the universe of PAEs is largely unknown and …
By Dr. Fritz Scheuren
4 months ago 3

Why the FTC study on PAEs is destined to produce incomplete and inaccurate results

First, the definition of PAE used by the FTC characterizes all PAEs as the same. But in treating patent licensing firms as a homogenous category, the FTC …
By Kristen Osenga
4 months ago 6

FTC charges Endo Pharmaceuticals with antitrust violations for pay for delay patent settlements

The FTC’s complaint alleges that Endo paid the first generic companies that filed for FDA approval – Impax Laboratories, Inc. and Watson Laboratories, Inc. – to eliminate the …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 6

Senators told FTC report on patent assertion entities due out this spring

When patents were brought up in the hearing, however, it seemed to focus mainly on their effects in the pharmaceutical world. Ramirez’s prepared remarks for the …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 5

Senate Small Business Committee hearing focuses protecting rights of patent owners

Committee chairman Senator David Vitter (R-LA) began the hearing by speaking about the importance of a strong patent system to small businesses all over America, as well …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 5