FTC Streamlines Proposed 'Patent Troll' Study

Law360, New York (May 13, 2014, 6:57 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday tweaked its proposed study of so-called patent trolls to streamline the wide-ranging probe in a move that will delay the launch of the review while the antitrust watchdog once again seeks public feedback.

The FTC originally proposed the two-part study in late September to examine how patent trolls, more charitably known as patent assertion entities, operate and to what extent they affect competition and innovation.

The watchdog said most of the responses to its proposal were positive, though some urged the FTC to reconsider the scope of the probe or limit the burdens the information...

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