FTC's Brill Voices Support For Broad 'Patent Troll' Probe

Law360, Washington (July 31, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT) -- FTC Commissioner Julie Brill on Wednesday echoed her colleagues' calls for the agency to launch a broad investigation into the business and litigation actions of so-called patent trolls, claiming a study could foster a “balanced discussion” among agencies and businesses about the benefits and consequences of the controversial groups.

Although many have focused on the negative effects “patent trolls,” also known as patent assertion entities, have had on competition and innovation, Brill noted the groups can also protect small businesses and inventors as they try to...
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