Posts Tagged: demand letters


FTC Bars Patent Assertion Entity From Using Deceptive Tactics

The settlement with MPHJ is the first time the FTC has taken action using its consumer protection authority against a patent assertion entity (PAE). PAEs are companies …

Dear Patent Troll: Drop Dead

In 2012, Mr. Rust bought five patents from an inventor named Laurence Klein for exactly $1. He then set up 101 separate limited liability companies (LLCs), each with bizarre six …
By Scott Burt
6 years ago 3

Extortionist Demand Letters are Wrecking Public Confidence in the U.S. Patent System

The greatest long-term threat to the U.S. patent system does not come from its professional opponents – those large businesses and their political allies who stand to …
By Scott Burt
6 years ago 28

Ethical Licensing vs. Bad Practices Damaging the Industry

Acknowledging that many of the problems facing the licensing industry was brought about due to bad actors dominating the discussion, Shaer explained that the absence of legitimate …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 0

CAFC Can’t Review Vermont Demand Letter Enforcement

The Federal Circuit, per Judge Newman and with Chief Judge Prost and Judge Hughes, found that the Federal Circuit lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeal from a …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 7

Taking Aim at Patent Troll Demand Letters

Bad demand letters are a big problem for U.S. small businesses, costing them millions of dollars in settlement fees and legal costs annually. Patent trolls often …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 1

House Subcommittee Takes up TROL Act on Demand Letters

Congress is moving forward with at least some patent reform efforts this year, taking up the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act of 2014, which is scheduled to …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 1

FTC Testifies on Legislation to Prohibit Deceptive Patent Demand Letters

The Federal Trade Commission testified on consumer protection issues involving patent demand letters, patent assertion entities (PAEs), and proposed legislation to prohibit deceptive patent demand letters. Delivering …

Identifying the Real Patent Extortionists: A Review of the Extortionist Demand Letter

Congress is on the cusp of passing legislation that is said to be designed to control the so-called “patent troll.” Of course, as belatedly recognized by the …
By Steve Moore
7 years ago 1

Sued by a Patent Troll? How to Respond to Demand Letters

Also rising at an alarming rate are the number of infringement assertions, which can often take the form of a threatening letter that goes over the top …
By John F. Martin
7 years ago 4

“Main Street” Patent Coalition Wants Patent Litigation Reform

The Main Street Patent Coalition may be the entity with the single most misleading name in the history of misleading organization names…. According to the LA Time, …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 16