New York AG Settles With "Patent Troll" Targeting End-users of Patented Technologies
14 January 2014Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Alert
On 14 January the New York Attorney General (AG) announced a settlement with MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC related to the patent assertion entity’s (PAE's) licensing demands. At least three other state attorneys general have publically assailed the tactics of MPHJ, which allegedly demands royalty payments from small- and medium-sized businesses that use everyday technologies like a scanner connected to a computer network. Vermont, Nebraska, and Minnesota have tried to stop MPHJ from operating in their states. New York’s latest move ramps up the pressure not just on MPHJ, but on all so-called "patent trolls," going so far as to provide general guidelines for patent assertion behavior.