Critics of "patent-assertion entities" expect some relief in 2013

12/27/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

Patent litigation is poised to remain an important issue in 2013 as the debate over "patent-assertion entities" continues. Such entities, which acquire patents for litigation purposes rather than product development, have been involved in an increasing percentage of patent lawsuits. Critics of patent-assertion entities expect some relief through the America Invents Act, and U.S. antitrust regulators may increase their scrutiny of patent transfers in the coming year. "It's clear the time has come to think very seriously about [patent-assertion entity] activity and its consequences on society," Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, said in a recent series of discussions on the matter.

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