Robert Lobue

Robert Lobue

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

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Solicitor General Argues that Antitrust Principles Do Not Warrant Overturning Brulotte

On Friday the Solicitor General filed an amicus brief in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises. As we previously noted, in Kimble, the Supreme Court will consider whether to overturn Brulotte v. Thys Co., a 50-year-old precedent...more

3/13/2015 - Antitrust Provisions Breach of Contract Brulotte Kimble v Marvel Enterprises License Agreements Marvel Comics Patent Infringement Patent Royalties Patents SCOTUS Settlement Trademarks

Will the European Court of Justice Conclude that Antitrust Law Prohibits Royalties for Invalid Patents?

The European Court of Justice recently announced that it will issue a decision in Genentech Inc. v. Hoechst GmbH, in response to a request from the Paris Court of Appeals for clarification on whether European antitrust law...more

3/11/2015 - Antitrust Provisions EU European Court of Justice Genentech IP License Patents Royalties

Generic Drug Price Hike Investigations Target Lannett

Since we last reported on state and federal investigations into recent generic drug price increases, the investigations have moved forward against Philadelphia-based Lannett Co. On November 20, a Senate healthcare...more

2/25/2015 - Congressional Investigations & Hearings Generic Drugs Government Investigations Healthcare Lannett Company Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Unfair Pricing

Court Rules Against American Express Based on Both Direct and Indirect Evidence of Harm to Competition

On February 19, 2015, the District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued its ruling on liability in United States v. American Express. Following a seven-week trial, the Court found that American Express violated...more

2/23/2015 - American Express Sherman Act

American Needle Settlement to End Nine-Year Litigation

On February 16, American Needle Inc. reached an agreement in principle with the National Football League to settle its claims. A settlement between the parties would mark the end of an antitrust litigation that has been...more

2/20/2015 - American Needle Antitrust Litigation Fashion Industry IP License Judicial Settlement Agreements License Agreements NFL Trademarks

Court Allows “Product Hopping” Claims to Proceed in Suboxone Litigation Based on Allegations of Removal of Prior Formulation and...

We’ve previously discussed antitrust claims related to “product hopping”—allegations that pharmaceutical manufacturers have reformulated or otherwise altered their products to prevent automatic generic substitution. Earlier...more

12/11/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Antitrust Provisions FDA Generic Drugs Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Pharmaceutical Patents Product Hopping

Law Professors Suit Up for NCAA in O’Bannon Appeal

On November 21, 2014, professors of antitrust law from 15 universities filed an amicus brief in support of the NCAA’s appeal in O’Bannon v. NCAA. (This blog has previously covered the O’Bannon case; the most recent entry...more

12/3/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Appeals College Athletes NCAA O'Bannon Sherman Act

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of 99% of Motorola’s Claims in LCD Case Based on Motorola’s Lack of Standing

On the day before Thanksgiving—less than two weeks after oral argument—the Seventh Circuit issued its ruling on Motorola’s interlocutory appeal in Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., affirming dismissal of the vast...more

12/2/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Banks Dismissals Foreign Branches of U.S. Banks FTAIA Garnishment Interlocutory Appeals Motorola Price-Fixing Sherman Act

Chinese Antitrust Enforcers Under Fire for Targeting Foreign Firms

China’s antitrust regulators have been on a tear lately. Last year the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) began its investigation of Qualcomm for allegedly violating China’s 2008 Anti-Monopoly Law. SAIC...more

9/22/2014 - Anti-Monopoly Antitrust Litigation Antitrust Provisions China Qualcomm

Supreme Court Nixes Aereo TV, Holding That Internet Streaming of Broadcast TV to Subscribers Violates Copyright Law

On June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided ABC v. Aereo, one of the more important (and most closely watched) copyright cases of the digital era. The Court’s 6-3 decision that streaming-TV startup Aereo...more

7/17/2014 - ABC ABC v Aereo Aereo Broadcasting Copyright Copyright Infringement Public Performance Rights SCOTUS The Copyright Act

Antitrust Update: Second Circuit Adopts Rule Making it Easier to Find Liability for Foreign Anticompetitive Conduct

On June 4, 2014, the Second Circuit issued its decision in Lotes Co., Ltd. v. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., an important ruling on the reach of the U.S. antitrust laws to foreign conduct. The Foreign Trade Antitrust...more

6/15/2014 - Antitrust Injuries Antitrust Litigation Competition FTAIA Nexus Proximate Cause

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