Questionable lawsuits are also apparently a concern of the Obama administration. The president will direct the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to train examiners to scrutinize applications for overly broad patent claims, and to start a rule-making process to require patent holders to disclose the owner of a patent, WSJ said.
Obama will also likely try to curb the growing use of the U.S. International Trade Commission to settle patent disputes, according to the report. The trade agency has powers to block imports of products that infringe patents and other intellectual property.
The misuse of patents to disrupt competition has been under scrutiny of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC, for example, has warned against the use of standard-essential patents to gain exclusion orders at the ITC.