Tag Archive for FTC

IPR Successes: Scan-To-Email Defeated By Scanner Makers

In the pantheon of infamous patent trolls, MPHJ is near the top.  MPHJ drew attention for their habit of mailing demand letters to anyone they thought might possibly have infringed their scan-to-email patent.  This drew so much attention that, ultimately, they were sued by Vermont’s State Attorney General.  MPHJ’s tactics were also one of the…

Apple v. Qualcomm – Double Dipping and Breaking Promises

Back in January, Patent Progress wrote about lawsuits filed against Qualcomm by the FTC and by Apple.  Today, Apple filed an amended complaint against Qualcomm, based in part on new law resulting from the Supreme Court’s Lexmark decision on patent exhaustion. A High Water Lexmark In Patent Exhaustion The Lexmark case, while important, is actually…

Why No One Should Listen to Qualcomm About Patents

Qualcomm is a major opponent, perhaps the strongest opponent, of patent litigation reform. It’s becoming pretty obvious why. A few weeks ago, the Korean Fair Trade Commission went after Qualcomm for its anti-competitive licensing practices. This time, it’s the U.S. Federal Trade Commission going after Qualcomm for its licensing practices. I wrote about the KFTC…

FTC Commissioner Brill Says, Don’t Wait to Do Patent Reform

Today, CCIA and AAI co-sponsored a great event at the National Press Club, “Scrutinizing Patent Trolls: What Competition Enforcers Are Doing.” If you missed it, you can watch the webcast. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill gave a terrific keynote address, highlighting the fact that the FTC was founded 100 years ago and giving a fascinating history…

FTC Streamlines Patent Troll Study

Yesterday the FTC announced that it has updated its proposed study on patent trolls and is sending the proposed study to OMB for approval. Not surprisingly the public overwhelmingly supported the study and no commenter opposed it. However, some commenters expressed concerns about the volume of information requested and the burden on businesses that would…

MPHJ Aims at FTC, Shoots Foot?

MPHJ is probably the most notorious bottom feeder troll, threatening thousands of small businesses who might own scanners that scan documents and email them. It’s been so active that it’s drawn fire from the attorneys general in Vermont, Minnesota, and Nebraska. New York recently joined the fray, negotiating a settlement with MPHJ that requires the…

Time To Put A Spotlight On Patent Trolls

One of the key authors of the FTC Act, Louis Brandeis, wrote a century ago: “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”  There are probably few areas that need a strong dose of transparency as much as the conduct of patent trolls.  Patent trolls play on the…