SOURCE: UCHastings Institute for Innovation Law

UC Hastings Institute for Innovation Law

June 21, 2013 12:57 ET

UCHastings Institute for Innovation Law Patent Troll Expert Robin Feldman Available for Comment After FTC Chairwoman Ramirez Calls for Investigation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - June 21, 2013) -  Professor Robin Feldman, Director of the UCHastings Institute for Innovation Law, today welcomed FTC Chairwoman Ramirez's speech stressing the need for FTC hearings on a broad-ranging investigation into patent trolling, calling it "precisely what is needed." FTC Chairwoman Ramirez's speech extensively cited data from Professor Robin Feldman's research at the UCHastings Institute for Innovation Law, as did the recent White House Report on Patent Assertion.

Professor Robin Feldman's work is widely regarded as some of the most influential scholarship in the field of patent law. Her landmark study "The America Invents Act 500 Expanded: Effects of Patent Monetization Entities on US Litigation" conducted at the UCHastings Institute for Innovation Law, has ignited debate and further investigation by both the White House and the FTC on the definition of patent assertion entities -- firms with a business model focused primarily on purchasing and asserting patents. The definition of a patent assertion entity has been hotly debated.

Available Graphics Attached:

  • "Whale's tail" graph showing the percentage of lawsuits by patent monetization entities climbing in recent years. (now a majority and reaching almost 60% in 2012).
  • Chart of the top 10 most "frequent flyers" that is, those who have filed the greatest number of patent lawsuits since 2007. All 10 are patent monetization entities. Not a single one makes products.

Professor Feldman has written and researched extensively on patent assertion including:

  • The America Invents Act 500 Expanded: Effects of Patent Monetization Entities, forthcoming UCLA J. L. & Tech. 2013, with Tom Ewing & Sara Jeruss (expanding the earlier study to include 13,000 patent lawsuits involving 30,000 patent assertions documenting that as of 2012, a majority of patent lawsuits (almost 60%) are now filed by those who assert patents, rather than making products).
  • Rethinking Patent Rights (Harvard 2012) (analyzing modern patent bargaining);
  • Intellectual Property Wrongs (forthcoming 2013, Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance), available at (including 30 pages of examples of troubling behavior in intellectual property assertion. Pages 70-78 of the article also set out how an FTC Section 6(b) investigation might be structured.)


The UCHastings Institute for Innovation Law is dedicated to promoting Data-Driven Law-Making, allowing courts, legislators, and regulators to make informed decisions using reliable and objective analysis. Focused on innovation, the Institute provides a trusted source of high-quality, substantive academic research that will help create the tools and knowledge necessary to cultivate a culture of innovation. The Institute also has several substantive programs under its umbrella, including the Privacy + Technology Project; the Law & Bioscience Project, and the Startup Clinics -- in which students help with legal work for early stage technology and bioscience companies under the pro bono supervision of attorneys at major law firms. With 10 faculty members, the Institute is directed by Professor Robin Feldman.

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