Sunday, September 29, 2013

FTC Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Information Requests to Patent Assertion Entities

On September 27, the FTC stated in a press release that it "seeks to examine patent assertion entities and their impact on innovation, competition," and "is soliciting public comments on proposed information requests to Patent Assertion Entities ("PAEs") and other entities asserting patents in the wireless communications sector, including manufacturers and other non-practicing entities and organizations engaged in licensing."

The FTC defines a PAE as a firm that purchases patents then attempts to generate revenue by asserting the patents against those using the patented technology.

The FTC states the public comments will be considered before compulsory process orders seek information from PAEs and other entities concerning patent acquisition, litigation, and licensing practices.

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