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Public Workshop: Patent Assertion Entity Activities


FTC Satellite Building and Conference Center
601 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Event Details

Workshop Information

On December 10, 2012, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a joint public workshop on patent assertion entity (PAE) behavior. The workshop provided a forum for industry participants, academics, economists, lawyers, and other interested parties to discuss the evolution of economic and legal analyses of PAE behavior, including patent acquisitions and licensing activity. The workshop consisted of a series of panels examining, among other topics, PAE behavior, the economics of IP licensing, industry experiences with PAE behavior, economic and legal theories and empirical work concerning PAE activity, and the potential efficiencies and harms to innovation and competition that this activity may generate.

For more information, contact the Antitrust Division’s Competition Policy and Advocacy Section at

Press release: Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission to Hold Workshop on Patent Assertion Entity Activities (November 19, 2012)

Date and Location

December 10, 2012
9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Federal Trade Commission
Satellite Building and Conference Center
601 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Workshop Agenda

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December 10, 2012

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz

SESSION A: Framework

9:15 a.m.

Lecture 1: Introduction to PAE Activity

Colleen Chien, Assistant Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law

9:35 a.m.

Lecture 2: Introduction to PAE Licensing

Carl Shapiro, Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy, University of California at Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business

10:05 a.m.

Q&A with Professors Chien and Shapiro

10:20–10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Panel 1: Realities of Licensing and Litigation Practices

Cynthia Bright, Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation and Public Policy, Hewlett-Packard

Scott Burt, Vice President & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Mosaid Technologies, Inc.

John Desmarais, Partner, Desmarais LLP; Founder, Round Rock Research LLC

Peter Detkin, Founder and Vice-Chairman, Intellectual Ventures

Sarah Guichard, Vice President of Patent & Standards Strategy, Research In Motion (RIM)

Paul Melin, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Nokia

Neal Rubin, Vice President Litigation, Cisco Systems Inc.

Mary Stich, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Rackspace Hosting

Mallun Yen, Executive Vice President, RPX Corporation

12:00–1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m.


Stuart Graham, Chief Economist, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

SESSION B: Potential Efficiencies and Harms from PAE Activity: Effects on Competition and Innovation

1:45 p.m.

Academic Introduction to Potential Efficiencies from PAE Activity

Timothy Simcoe, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation, School of Management, Boston University

Panel 1: Potential Efficiencies from PAE Activity

Ron Epstein, CEO, Epicenter IP Group LLC

C. Graham Gerst, Partner, Global IP Law Group, LLC

Anne Layne-Farrar, Vice President, Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice, Charles River Associates

Adam Mossoff, George Mason University School of Law

Academic Introduction to Potential Harms from PAE Activity

Iain Cockburn, Richard C. Shipley Professor in the Strategy and Innovation Department, School of Management, Boston University

Panel 2: Potential Harms from PAE Activity

Brad Burnham, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Thomas Ewing, Principal Consultant, Avancept LLC

Robin Feldman, Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law

Michael Meurer, Professor of Law and Abraham and Lillian Benton Scholar, Boston University School of Law

David Schwartz, Associate Professor of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law

Panel 3: Industry Reaction

3:45–4:00 p.m.


SESSION C: How Does Antitrust Apply to the Potential Efficiencies and Harms Generated by PAE Activity

4:00 p.m.

Academic Introduction

Phillip Malone, Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Clinical Co-Director and Senior Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School

4:20 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Logan Breed, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Hanno Kaiser, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Mark S. Popofsky, Partner, Ropes & Gray, LLP

Carl Shapiro, Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy, University of California at Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business

Hill Wellford III, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP

5:00 p.m.


5:20 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Renata B. Hesse

The views expressed at the workshop do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission.

Public Comments

The Department of Justice and the FTC welcomed written comments from the public. The deadline for submitting public comments was April 5, 2013. The comment period is now closed.

PAEW-0001 Serflaten, Larry

PAEW-0002 Carrier, Michael A. (Rutgers Law School-Camden)

PAEW-0003 Yarus, S.

PAEW-0004 Cheng, Lee C. (Newegg Inc.)

PAEW-0005 Minsk, Alan

PAEW-0006 Nutter, Art (TAEUS International Corp.)

PAEW-0007 Pires de Carvalho, Nuno

PAEW-0008 Snyder, Martin (Main Sequence Technology, Inc.)

PAEW-0009 Professional Investors Alliance

PAEW-0010 Leff, Barry (IPNav)

PAEW-0011 The American Antitrust Institute

PAEW-0012 Barnes & Noble, Inc.

PAEW-0013 Nelson, Curt (EDC: Entrepreneurial Development Center)

PAEW-0014 Renaud, Christian (StartupCity Des Moines)

PAEW-0015 Risch, Michael

PAEW-0016 Dassault Systèmes

PAEW-0017 Valbuena, Cristian (Artsnapper)

PAEW-0018 Reed, Tucker (Downtown Brooklyn Partnership)

PAEW-0019 Johnson, Justin (No Sweat)

PAEW-0020 Bohnen, Teresa (St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce)

PAEW-0021 Segerblom, Tick (Nevada State Senate)

PAEW-0022 Caron, Joan M., PhD

PAEW-0023 Cipes, Jon (Creative Fuel)

PAEW-0024 Peirce, Adam (Stonepier)

PAEW-0025 Haynes, Morse (Monahans EDC)

PAEW-0026 Reiswig, Marilyn (Perryton - Ochilitree Chamber (Texas))

PAEW-0027 Russo, Betty (Polk County Economic & Industrial Development Corporation)

PAEW-0028 Hardy, Sheryl

PAEW-0029 Guenzel, Roxanne (South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce)

PAEW-0030 O'Brien, Richard (American Association of Advertising Agencies)

PAEW-0031 Olsen, Kristine (Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce)

PAEW-0032 Valentino, Jim (James Roberts Creative)

PAEW-0033 Lemster, Bryan (Halcyon Innovation, LLC)

PAEW-0034 Carrier, Michael A. (Rutgers School of Law-Camden)

PAEW-0035 Feldman, Robin

PAEW-0036 Melius, Niels J. (Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law)

PAEW-0037 SAS Institute Inc., Acushnet Company, Limelight Networks, Newegg Inc., Safeway Inc., Sensus USA, Inc. and ABBYY USA Software House, Inc.

PAEW-0038 McCorkle, Arna (Fort Stockton, Texas Chamber of Commerce)

PAEW-0039 Consumer Electronics Association

PAEW-0040 Joslove, Scott K. (Texas Hotel & Lodging Association)

PAEW-0041 Washington Legal Foundation (WLF)

PAEW-0042 Microsoft Corporation

PAEW-0043 Verizon Communications Inc. and the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom)

PAEW-0044 MOSAID Technologies Incorporated

PAEW-0045 The Internet Association

PAEW-0046 American Intellectual Property Law Association

PAEW-0047 Engine Advocacy

PAEW-0048 Internet Retailers

PAEW-0049 Google, Blackberry, Earthlink, and Red Hat

PAEW-0050 Application Developers Alliance

PAEW-0051 Retail Industry Leaders Association's (RILA's)

PAEW-0052 The Innovation Alliance
Letter to the GAO: Comments of the Innovation Alliance April 20, 2012
Letter to the GAO: Study of Litigation for Non-Practicing Entities Under Section 34 of the America Invents Act - Comments of the Innovation Alliance March 1, 2013

PAEW-0053 Reiswig, Marilyn (Perryton - Ochilitree Chamber (Texas))

PAEW-0054 Rackspace

PAEW-0055 Coalition for Patent Fairness

PAEW-0056 Ewing, Tom

PAEW-0057 National Retail Federation

PAEW-0058 Software & Information Industry Association

PAEW-0059 Korea Semiconductor Industry Association

PAEW-0060 Friend, David (Carbonite, Inc.)

PAEW-0061 Yen, Mallun (RPX Corporation)

PAEW-0062 Valdez, John

PAEW-0063 MetroPCS Wireless, Inc.

PAEW-0064 Electronic Frontier Foundation

PAEW-0065 Computer & Communications Industry Association

PAEW-0066 Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, and Adobe Systems, Inc.

PAEW-0067 Wolfram, Richard

PAEW-0068 Food Marketing Institute and the National Restaurant Association

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Updated June 22, 2023