On October 6, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission released the long-awaited results of its 6(b) study on patent assertion entities (PAEs). The study provides detailed information about the litigation and licensing activities by the approximately twenty companies the FTC ordered to submit data. The study does more than just describe this data, though. Given that PAEs' function in the innovation industries, the FTC also proposed a number of legislative and judicial recommendations concerning how patents are asserted against alleged infringers. Thus, the FTC's PAE study is an important part of the policy debates about patents, patent licensing, patent litigation, and the impact these have on the innovation economy. In this Teleforum, the panelists discussed the study findings and their reactions to the study and its policy proposals.
- Prof. Jorge L. Contreras, Associate Professor, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
- Prof. Kristen Osenga, Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law
- Ms. Laurie Self, Vice President and Counsel of Government Affairs, Qualcomm Incorporated
- Moderator: Prof. Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar of CPIP, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University