Update on the FTC's 6(B) Study on Patent Trolls and Request for Comment

    View Authors October 2013
    On September 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) formally announced its long-anticipated study on the activities of patent trolls (referred to as PAEs by the FTC) and requested comments on the structure of this study. The focus of the 6(b) Study appears to be principally the impact of these activities on the wireless communications sector. However, the FTC has invited comments from other industrial sectors impacted by patent trolls; and appears receptive to broadening its inquiry if patent trolls are having an impact more broadly than the Commission's initial focus.