What Can the FTC’s PAE Study Teach Us?


The survey of so-called Patent Assertion Entities, or PAEs, currently being conducted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under its 6(b) authority has been broadly discussed and the results are much anticipated. The FTC’s study is meant to move past the limited information that can be gleaned from litigation records, which has been the focus of analysis thus far. As the first empirical study to do so, the FTC’s survey should provide a better understanding of how PAEs operate.

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