An earlier report revealed that President Obama has decided to announce several executive actions that would help fight against patent trolls and reduce the number of patent troll cases seen in the courts, and now it looks like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided that they’ve had enough of patent trolls too. According to a report from the New York Times, FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez is preparing to propose an inquiry in which patent-assertion entities will be put under federal scrutiny. Patent-assertion entities are basically companies whose sole existence is to buy and collect on royalties made from patents which they own or might have bought from another company.
Assuming this proposal goes through, what this means for patent-assertion entities is that should they catch the eye of the FTC, they will be subject to an inquiry where they will need to detail how they operate and if the proceeds they make from patent royalties are actually paid out to the patent’s original owner. Will this proposal help curb patent trolls? We guess we will have to wait and see, but for now it sounds like a pretty good idea.
While Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will be launched on multiple platforms such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Wii U, gamers on the PC will be disappointed to learn that the game will not see a launch on the PC the same time as consoles as it has been delayed by a few weeks. This is according to Ubisoft who confirmed the delay, although they did not state their reasons why. According to Ashraf Ismail, the game’s director, “We’re working hard on the PC version. It’s one of the main platforms we work on in the office. For our PC fans, don’t worry. The game on PC looks phenomenal.”
This is not the first time Ubisoft has delayed games for the PC as they have done so with Assassin’s Creed 3 as well. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is expected to be released in October and will also be compatible with next-gen consoles, so we guess PC gamers hoping to get their hands on the game will most likely see it come November or even December, hopefully at the very least by the end of 2013. No specific dates have been given but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information anyway.