The US FTC publishes a report on patent system recommending reforms on notice and remedies to benefit both consumers and competition

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Recommends Changes to U.S. Patent System* The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has issued a report analyzing the U.S. patent system from a competition policy perspective. The FTC recognizes that, like the competitive process fostered by competition law, the right to exclude provided by the intellectual property laws is intended to promote innovation and thereby benefit consumers. The FTC believes, however, that several aspects of the U.S. patent system could be improved to better achieve these goals. In particular, the FTC focuses on several situations where the patent system may provide certain patentees – especially what the FTC refers to as “patent assertion entities” (i.e., “patent trolls”) – legal remedies that are far out of proportion to the

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Eric Stock, The US FTC publishes a report on patent system recommending reforms on notice and remedies to benefit both consumers and competition, 7 March 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin Licensing agreements, Art. N° 36662

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