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FTC Chair Says Patent Troll Cases May Not Wait For Study

Law360, Washington (March 28, 2014, 9:33 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez called the watchdog’s upcoming study of patent-assertion entities a priority Friday, but said she wouldn’t rule out bringing either competition or consumer protection cases against so-called patent trolls in the meantime.

Though Ramirez in September proposed using the FTC’s research authority to investigate whether and how big of a problem PAEs are, the study is still several steps from getting underway, Ramirez said at the American Bar Association Antitrust Section’s spring meeting.

The study has already gone through one round...
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