House Lawmakers Urge FTC to Crack Down on Patent Trolls

Vermont lawsuit seen as a model for potential enforcement action

Opening up a new front in the war on patent trolls, a group of lawmakers—led by Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.)—urged the Federal Trade Commission to get into the fight. In a letter to FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez, the 18 lawmakers urged the commission to use its authority to examine whether patent assertion entities are engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices.