Tag Archive for Patent Assertion Entity (PAE)

Is the Eastern District of Texas Becoming Less Patentee-Friendly?

On March 27, the usually patentee-friendly Eastern District of Texas threw out a patent infringement lawsuit against information technology hosting company Rackspace. It is unclear whether this decision indicates a shift from the court’s patentee-friendly persuasion, or if it is merely an anomalous result brought by a particularly frivolous patent. In either case, this is…

CCIA Files Comments to US Antitrust Regulators on Patent Troll Activity

(Cross-posted on DisCo) Last Friday, CCIA filed its comments to the FTC/DOJ’s Public Workshop on Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) (aka patent trolls).  Although antitrust authorities cannot fix all of the foundational problems in the patent system — such as the patent quality problem — they can certainly use their competition expertise and authority to help rein in some of the most…

Suggestions for an FTC 6(b) Study on Patent Assertion Entities

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly hosted a workshop to explore the issue of patent assertion entities (PAEs) on December 10, 2012.  Since then there has been a growing consensus that PAEs are a significant problem for the technology and software industries.  Representative Peter DeFazio from Oregon and Representative Jason…

Using the Full Powers of the FTC to Combat Patent Trolls

A century ago there was a lively debate in Congress over the enforcement of the antitrust laws.  Much of the 1912 presidential campaign had focused on the lack of effective antitrust enforcement by the Justice Department and the failure of the Sherman Act to stop growing anticompetitive conduct in the marketplace.  In 1913, Congress focused…

Previewing Tomorrow’s House Judiciary Hearing on Abusive Patent Litigation

Tomorrow, March 14, at 11:30AM in 2141 Rayburn, the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet is holding a hearing on “Abusive Patent Litigation: The Impact on American Innovation & Jobs, and Potential Solutions.”  It will also be webcast live at http://www.judiciary.house.gov, and we will be live-tweeting it on…

Guest Post: Patent Trolls Stifle Innovation

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Over the last several months, we have been vocal in our calls for software patent reform to put an end to the threat of lawsuits on behalf of patent assertion entities (PAEs), more commonly known as patent trolls. Why? Because at Rackspace it has become our most pressing legal issue. Since 2010, our spending to…

Patent Troll Panel Important for Competition Policy

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CCIA is hosting an important event on Thursday, February 28th entitled “How Patent Trolls are Harming Innovation.”  The event will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will feature six prominent panelist offering different but harmonious opinions on the current state of the patent troll environment: Julie Samuels, Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid…