Posts in Federal Trade Commission


Governments’ Thumb on the Scales

These government agencies target successful, inventive U.S. firms. They politicize their processes and disregard the exclusivity that rightfully belongs to patent owners. They take away private …
By James Edwards
2 days ago 5

Ericsson publishes FRAND licensing rates for 5G/NR after Qualcomm sued for chip licensing activities

On March 3rd, Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson publicly announced its fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms and conditions for the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs) for 5…
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 0

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A growing Chinese consumer electronics firm acquires a patent portfolio that makes them the fourth global producer of smartphones with the capacity to develop semiconductors in-house. The …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 3

FCC Chairman Pai’s block of broadband privacy rules is latest step in rolling back 2015’s Open Internet Order

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has moved to block broadband privacy rules drafted by the previous administration and set to go into effect in early March... FCC commissioners …
By Steve Brachmann
21 days ago 0

FTC revives complaint, files motion for stipulated order over pay-for-delay agreement for generic Lidoderm

On January 23rd, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had taken steps to resolve antitrust charges involving business activities employed by Irish/U.S. drugmaker …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

Apple, FTC file lawsuits against Qualcomm over FRAND violations in processor licenses, Apple seeks $1B award

On Friday, January 20th, Cupertino, CA-based consumer tech firm Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) filed a lawsuit against San Diego, CA-based semiconductor giant Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) The …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

On the menu this week for Other Barks & Bites, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the Lanham Act’s disparagement provision, a six-figure …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

This week’s news headlines include nomination hearings for the potential incoming U.S. Commerce Secretary, the Supreme Court’s granting certiorari for an important case in …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 3

The Four Biggest Tech Trends of 2016

Recently, we took a closer look at four of the largest trending stories playing out in the world of intellectual property and patents during 2016. Today we turn …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

The Four Consequential Patent Trends of 2016

Suffice it to say that 2016 has been an interesting year. The political climate is much different than one year ago amidst a growing tide of nationalism abroad …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3

The Year in Patents: The Top 10 Patent Stories from 2016

To come up with the list below I’ve reviewed all of our patent articles, and have come up with these top 10 patent stories for 2016. They appear …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 7

Could Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg join the Trump Administration?

Text messages sent between Andreesen and Erskine Bowles speak to Zuckerberg’s desire to be able to maintain control of Facebook while possibly serving two years in …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3

Trademark owners are often targeted by fraudulent, deceptive registry services

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s official website warns trademark owners about private companies who conduct trademark scams. These schemes involve companies, many of which …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 4

AT&T, Time Warner merger could trigger FCC rulemaking on zero rating practices

Another regulatory issue other than antitrust thatis likely to surface during review of the AT&T-Time Warner merger is zero rating, or the practice of providing …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 0

Don’t Feed the Trolls: Practicality in View of the FTC’s Report on Patent Assertion Entities 

The Norwegian fairy tale “Three Billy Goats Gruff” was far ahead of its time and the moral of that story has a very relevant, modern application. In …
By Ravi Mohan
5 months ago 9