FTC Is Skeptical ‘Patent Trolls’ Aid Innovation, Atty Says

Law360, New York (May 30, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT) -- As the Federal Trade Commission weighs whether to mount an investigation into the tactics of so-called patent trolls, an agency attorney said Thursday that the agency is looking skeptically at claims that such companies encourage innovation.

At a panel discussion organized by the Washington Legal Foundation, Lisa Kimmel, attorney adviser to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, said that the data suggests that litigation by companies the agency refers to as patent assertion entities "is on the rise and is adding to the cost of doing business," particularly...
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