Patent Assertion Entity Activity: An FTC Study

America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published it's report on Patent Assertion Entity (PAE) Activity. According to the press release issued by the FTC

"The report found two types of PAEs that use distinctly different business models. One type, referred to in the report as Portfolio PAEs, were strongly capitalized and purchased patents outright. They negotiated broad licenses, covering large patent portfolios, frequently worth more than $1 million. The second, more common, type, referred to in the report as Litigation PAEs, frequently relied on revenue sharing agreements to acquire patents. They overwhelmingly filed infringement lawsuits before securing licenses, which covered a small number of patents and were generally less valuable."