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FTC explains hopes for recently approved patent troll study

Stephen Calabria, New York

On August 8 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received the go-ahead from the White House’s Office of Management & Budget to conduct a study on patent assertion entities (PAEs), or patent trolls. The FTC told Managing IP the goal is to complete the study next year

The information collected in the study will examine the business practices of PAEs, including how they operate and to what extent their activities affect the market.

“The purpose of the study is to get a better understanding of the PAE...

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