Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez urged the FTC to conduct a thorough review on the activities of so-called patent trolls and the effects their flood of lawsuits have on competition and consumers. Her speech Thursday came several weeks after the White House released executive actions to address the issue. "It's time for Washington to put an end to this abuse of our nation’s laws," NRF general counsel Mallory Duncan said. "Seeing this issue receive top-level attention from the FTC is a significant development."

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