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DOJ Prosecution of Heir Location Service Providers Dismissed on Statute of Limitations Grounds

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division’s criminal case against an heir location service provider collapsed when the US District Court for the District of Utah ruled that the government’s Sherman Act § 1 case...more

Supreme Court to Patent Holders: Sell Product Anywhere, Exhaust Patent Rights Everywhere

Reversing long-standing Federal Circuit precedent, the United States Supreme Court has now held that a patentee extinguishes its patent rights on a product upon its sale of that product, regardless of (1) whether the patentee...more

McDermott International Legal Highlights - April 2017

DOJ Policy Updates Signal Continuity of Antitrust Program - The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division has revised its “Frequently Asked Questions About the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program and Model...more

Third Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Indirect Purchaser Class in Auto Transmission Case, Revives Individual Claims

On February 9, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a ruling by the US District Court for the District of Delaware that indirect purchasers of Class 8 transmissions did not meet the requirements for class...more

FTC and DOJ Issue Revised Guidelines for Licensing of Intellectual Property

Since the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) first issued the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (Guidelines) in 1995, both antitrust...more

DOJ Policy Updates Signal Continuity of Antitrust Program

This month, the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division revised its “Frequently Asked Questions About the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program and Model Leniency Letters” (FAQs), with releases both before and after the...more

2/1/2017  /  Antitrust Provisions , DOJ

DOJ and FTC Release New Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation

On Friday, January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the new Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation. These guidelines were jointly developed by...more

FTC and DOJ Update Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property

On January 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (the Guidelines). The revised...more

1/19/2017  /  DOJ , FTC , FTC Guidelines , Licensing Rules

Supreme Court Will Spill Some Ink Regarding Patent Exhaustion Doctrine

The Supreme Court of the United States granted a petition for a writ of certiorari appealing a US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit en banc decision holding that a patent owner did not exhaust its US patent rights when...more

US Supreme Court to Review Patent Exhaustion Doctrine

On December 2, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States granted cert in a key case regarding the scope of the patent exhaustion doctrine, or “first sale doctrine,” as it relates to (1) sales of a patented item subject to...more

DOJ, FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance to Human Resources Professionals

On October 20, 2016, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued joint Antitrust Guidance to Human Resource (HR) Professionals (the Guidance) involved in hiring...more

EFTA Court to Rule on The Interpretation of Restriction of Competition by Object

In Depth - On 19 February 2016, the Supreme Court of Norway asked the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court to provide an advisory opinion on the legal test required to qualify an agreement as restricting...more

4/18/2016  /  CJEU , Competition Authorities , EEA , EFTA , EU , Norway , TFEU

CJEU to Rule on Extradition of EU Citizens in Criminal Antitrust Proceedings

The first European citizen to be extradited from Europe to the United States for criminal antitrust conduct recently succeeded in having a Berlin court refer the matter of his extradition to the Court of Justice of the...more

Price Tag for Patent Invalidity Ruling in Inequitable Conduct Case is $26 Million - TransWeb, LLC v. 3M Innovative Properties Co.

Affirming a ruling of invalidity and an antitrust damages award of trebled attorneys’ fees in a patent abuse case, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit highlighted the severe penalties that may befall patent owners...more

The European Court of Justice Rules against Overreaching Requests for Information by the European Commission

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) had been wrong when deciding that the European Commission’s requests for information sent to eight cement...more

FTAIA and Foreign Sales: Seventh Circuit Limits Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Antitrust Law in Motorola Mobility v. AU Optronics

On March 27, 2014, in Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., the Seventh Circuit set precedent in the growing body of law interpreting the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA). Judge Posner held that the...more

First Successful Extradition of Foreign National for Price-Fixing Violation

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has successfully litigated an extradition of a foreign national on an antitrust charge. This extradition shows that the DOJ is still pursuing individuals it charged...more

Non-Direct Competitors May Sue Under the Lanham Act, Doctrine of Prudential Standing Eliminated

The Supreme Court of the United States swept away the different standards for Lanham Act prudential standing previously applied by the courts of appeals, and expressly discarded the amorphous concept of prudential standing in...more

Commitment Issues: Federal Jury Awards Damages for Breach of FRAND Obligation

In the long-running patent dispute between Microsoft and Motorola, a U.S. District Court jury in Seattle found that Motorola breached its commitment to license certain standard-essential patents on fair, reasonable and...more

9/11/2013  /  Breach of Duty , Damages , FRAND , Jury Awards

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 5, May 2013

Patent Exhaustion Rejected: Patented Seed Purchaser Has No Right to Make Copies: Bowman v. Monsanto Co. - In a narrow ruling that reaffirms the scope of patent protection over seeds, and possibly over other...more

A First for FRAND: Federal Court in Microsoft v. Motorola Sets FRAND Royalty Rates for Standard Essential Patents

Microsoft v. Motorola developed a framework for courts to assess fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms for standard-essential patents. Its roadmap and analysis will probably influence future FRAND cases in...more

Supreme Court Comcast Decision Makes Antitrust Class Action Certification More Difficult

The Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast Corporation v. Behrend, an antitrust case involving a class of more than two million current and former cable television subscribers in the Philadelphia area, raises the bar for...more

IP Update, Vol. 15, No. 12, December 2012

In This Issue: Patents - ..Federal Circuit Rules It’s Own Standards Apply When Considering Preliminary Injunctions ..Preliminary Testing of Medical Devices in Animals Enables Their Use in...more

Joint DOJ-FTC Workshop Explores Competitive Impact of Patent Assertion Entities

Federal antitrust enforcement agencies are closely studying the growing activity of patent assertion entities (PAE). At a recent joint workshop sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice...more

12/19/2012  /  DOJ , FTC , Patent Assertion Entities , Patents
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