The DOJ and FTC may have patent trolls in their crosshairs: the agencies plan to hold informal...

|By:, SA News Editor

The DOJ and FTC may have patent trolls in their crosshairs: the agencies plan to hold informal hearings next month on whether such companies, which license IP (and often sue those who don't agree to a deal) but don't sell any tangible products do more harm than good. Also receiving scrutiny are patent holding companies created by tech giants, such as Rockstar. A crackdown could be a negative for IP licensing firms such as ACTG, IDCC, and RMBS.