Mossoff Comments on Planned Patent Entity Association
Commenting on reports that several patent licensing firms plan to start an association to represent their interests in Washington, Professor Adam Mossoff says patent assertion entities' (PAEs) lack of Washington presence on the same scale as pro-revamp industry groups has affected the "nature and tenor of the patent debate, particularly as it's heated up over the past year."
"The debate has come to be dominated by rhetoric and studies that have claimed [these companies] have been harming the patent system and innovation generally," Mossoff explains. "It's become part of the conventional wisdom."
Mossoff says patent firms that "aggregate for the purposes of licensing" have historically not been involved in outreach on the Hill, a position similar to that of the computer industries prior to the Microsoft antitrust case. He notes that other patent companies could join the Washington effort if they believe their lack of visibility is "having an impact on perceptions on the Hill, regulatory agencies and ultimately the courts."
Patent Entities Forming Association That Could Be First of Its Kind, Consumer Electronics Daily, September 24, 2013. By Erin Mershon and Jimm Phillips.
"Several patent licensing firms plan to start an association to represent their interests in Washington, patent assertion entities (PAEs) and their allies said in interviews. The first-of-its-kind group, to be called the IP Rights Council (IPRC), is soliciting membership from PAES around the U.S., one PAE told us. A Washington lobbyist familiar with the nascent organization said the group isn't ready to disclose its formation, and acknowledged that several patent licensing firms are interested in an organization that could help them tell their story as Congress and the administration examine patent assertion issues."
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