FTC Formally Proposes to Launch Section 6(b) Study on Activities of Patent Assertion Entities

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken the first formal step to launching a far-reaching study of the impact that patent assertion entities (PAEs) have on innovation and competition. On 27 September 2013, the four Commissioners unanimously voted to seek public comments on a proposal to issue compulsory process orders to some 25 PAEs and 15 other firms in the wireless communications industry, including manufacturers and others engaged in licensing.

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