Posts in Federal Trade Commission


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
7 days 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
15 days 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
3 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
4 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
4 months ago 5

FTC Report on Drug Patent Settlements Shows Substantial Decrease in Pay-for-Delay Deals

The number of these potentially anticompetitive deals has fallen significantly following the Supreme Court’s landmark antitrust decision in FTC v. Actavis in 2013. The total number of …

Samsung enters self-driving car market, Musk’s Hyperloop and Bloomberg big data initiative

Yet another tech developer known for consumer electronics is getting into the autonomous vehicle market, a sign that we can continue to expect disruption for the conventional …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 2

Oracle Settles FTC Charges of Deception About Java Updates

Yesterday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Oracle has agreed to settle charges that it deceived consumers about the security provided by updates to its Java …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 0

FTC cracking down on bogus health products

The federal regulatory agency in charge of assessing health claims for goods and services sold to American consumers is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 0

FTC concerned over weak consumer provisions in automotive cybersecurity rules

At the end of October, the FTC again made a push on Capitol Hill for stronger data privacy standards, this time dealing specifically with the idea of …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 0

Aspen Forum panel explores international Internet regulations, territoriality issues

Territoriality has been a difficult aspect of public international law to apply to the Internet and information technology sectors. It’s a central aspect of the current …
By Steve Brachmann
9 months ago 0