PublishedDecember 11, 2012

Yesterday’s FTC-DOJ Workshop on Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs)

Yesterday, the FTC and DOJ held a workshop on the anticompetitive effects of Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), as Josh had posted about last week.  They put together a great collection of participants, and we commend them for this effort.  Jorge Torres compiled a Storify of Tweets from the event, featuring many from @PatentProgress.  David Balto and Brendan Coffman also had an op-ed in The Hill yesterday entitled “Eradicating patent trolls,” where they concluded:

Fortunately the FTC and DOJ are holding hearings on PAEs. This is long overdue. The agencies should use all of their powers to bring attention to the harm of PAEs so that the creative forces of innovation can be unrestrained. The purpose of the patent system is to promote innovation, not litigation.

Check out their great article, which had a lot to say about the harms of patent trolls.  And if you’re interested in these issues and this opportunity for patent reform, be sure to submit written comments, which are due by March 10, 2013.

Ali Sternburg

, CCIA

Ali Sternburg is Vice President, Information Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association, where she focuses on intermediary liability, copyright, and other areas of intellectual property. Ali joined CCIA during law school in 2011, and previously served as Senior Policy Counsel, Policy Counsel, and Legal Fellow. She is also an Inaugural Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry.

She received her J.D. in 2012 from American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Student Attorney in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Senior Symposium Chair and Senior Marketing Manager for the Intellectual Property Brief, and a Dean’s Fellow at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

She graduated from Harvard College in 2009 where she studied Government and Music, wrote her senior honors thesis on “Theoretical and Legal Views on U.S. Government Involvement in Musical Creativity Online,” and interned at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.

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