Posts Tagged: non-practicing entities


A string of successful settlements by Network-1 undermines FTC’s definition of ‘litigation PAEs’

Anyone who has followed recent developments in the U.S. patent landscape, however, might note something interesting occurring in this particular case. According to the recent patent …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 9

FTC report recommendations largely legislative in scope in new patent assertion entity report

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recently released report on patent assertion entities (PAEs) includes a number of key findings made by the agency on the business …
By William Cory Spence
1 month ago 0

The FTC’s PAE Study: Doing More Harm Than Good

Basing policy recommendations on no evidence, or at best anecdotal evidence, has great potential to do more harm than good…especially when some of the missing evidence …
By Kristen Osenga
2 months ago 1

Why should litigation costs of the infringer be relevant to determine if a license is fair or just a nuisance?

Why should the costs of the tortfeasing infringer be relevant in determining whether the extracted value from a settlement is fair? The fact that law firms charge …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 29

Ars Technica reports confuse “patent troll” with legitimate patent owners enforcing property rights

To be fair, the coverage by Ars Technica doesn’t take the same vituperative tone as other voices who have concerns related to abuses of the U.…
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 5

FTC releases report on PAE Activity, recognizes important role of enforcing patents

Despite what many thought were the intentions of the FTC going into this project, the FTC did acknowledge the important role patent enforcement plays within the patent …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 2

Will Yahoo Feed the Patent Trolls?

Yahoo’s proposed auction of the Excalibur portfolio is likely to be the largest sale of computer-related patents since the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l …
By Matthew Fagan
2 months ago 8

Benefit of the Secondary Patent Market to Startups

The validity of secondary markets for a variety of goods and services is never questioned. Securities are sold and resold many times after their initial offering, homes …
By Ken Stanwood
4 months ago 1

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
4 months ago 1

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
6 months ago 2

Keeping an eye on patent trolls

Regulators face a twofold challenge: First, they need to balance the legitimate interests of patent holders and licensees in order to determine which activities and contracts the …
By Ralf Boscheck
7 months ago 5

Study: Media use of the term “patent troll” negatively predisposes readers, courts

"Patent troll," the term employed by leading newspapers, magazines and online publications to describe how some patents are owned and used, provides a prejudicial impression of patent …
By Bruce Berman
7 months ago 11

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
7 months ago 0

‘Science’ publishes biased patent trolling article, regurgitating Harvard patent hatred

Pre-litigation review of cases to weed out instances of patent trolling sounds like a great idea, but what more weeding out do the authors want? Since the …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 23

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
7 months ago 3