Apps Alliance: FTC Ruling Slap on the Wrist - Calls on Congress to Stop Patent Trolls

Statement from Jon Potter, President, Application Developers Alliance:

Patent trolls like MPHJ are economic parasites that bleed more than $80 billion from our economy each year. This settlement doesn’t even qualify as a slap on the wrist to a company that sent demand letters to thousands of businesses - extorting money, threatening jobs, and stifling innovation.

These bottom-feeding harassers must be stopped. MPHJ and their attorneys should have been held accountable for their actions. The settlement is further evidence that comprehensive patent legislation - including demand letter provisions with teeth - is necessary.


The Apps Alliance is a non-profit global membership organization that supports developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We promote the continued growth of the industry and advocate on behalf of our members on public policy and industry issues. The Apps Alliance serves a growing membership of tens of thousands of developers and hundreds of companies including: mobile app publishers, platforms, wireless carriers, hardware manufacturers, ad networks, enterprise tools and service providers.