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EU Competition Commissioner proposes a competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector

On 26 March 2015, the European Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, announced a potential competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector. According to the Commission, the proposed inquiry is aimed...more

Recidivism revisited

Court of Justice holds parent companies may be fined for repeat infringements even without being an addressee of the earlier decisions - On 5 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (CoJ) handed down its judgment in...more

DG COMP’s 5th monitoring report: time for guidance please!

DG Competition of the European Commission just published its 5th patent monitoring report. It covers patent settlements entered into in 2013. Each year, the Commission claims that the report shows a “steady increase” of...more

New Technology Transfer Agreements Regime to kick in from 1 May: caution needed for the few areas that have changed

After two public consultations in 2011 and 2013, and reportedly much internal debate, the European Commission’s new regime for the assessment of technology transfer agreements under EU competition law, which was adopted last...more

MOFCOM Shows Teeth Against Gun Jumping

On 20 March 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a notice announcing that it will make public decisions sanctioning companies failing to notify mergers that meet the filing...more

Patent Settlements as an endangered species: DG Comp’s latest Monitoring Exercise on Patent Settlements in Europe

Executive Summary - On 9 December 2013, DG Comp published its fourth report on the monitoring in Europe of patent settlements. Like its predecessors, the report welcomes the continuously low level of settlements that...more

The Commission simplifies its procedures for most mergers, but demands extra information for the rest

Summary - On 5 December 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) reformed its merger procedures. The new rules will apply as of 1 January 2014. The reforms will impact the standard procedure (Form CO), the...more

Giving Teeth To The General Court’s Unlimited Jurisdiction To Review Competition Law Fines: Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion In...

The level of fines imposed by the European Commission in competition cases has attracted controversy for more than ten years. The often deferential approach of the European courts to hearing appeals has also been criticised,...more

European Commission adopts a package on private damages actions in antitrust cases

On 11 June 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted a proposal for a directive on how citizens and companies can bring damages claims under EU antitrust rules. According to the Commission, the proposal serves to...more

ECJ dismisses Spanish and Italian challenge to EU-wide unitary patent system, but obstacles remain

Summary - On 16 April 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down its judgment in Joined Cases C-274/11 and 295/11 in which it dismissed the challenges brought by Spain and Italy to the other...more

A further (small) step forward towards an EU-wide unitary patent system

On 11 December 2012, Advocate General Bot gave his Opinion on Joined Cases C- 274/11 and 295/11, proposing that the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) dismiss the cases brought by Spain and Italy challenging the...more

12/20/2012  /  EU , Unified Patent Court , Unitary Patent

AstraZeneca v European Commission: Case C-457/10 P

Introduction - On 6 December 2012, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) upheld the judgment of the General Court (“GC”), which found that AstraZeneca (“AZ”) abused its dominant position on the market for proton pump...more

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