Wilko van Weert

Wilko van Weert

McDermott Will & Emery

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New EU Competition Commissioner’s Priorities For 2014-2019: Hearing Before The European Parliament

Margrethe Vestager, former Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark, is designated to become the next EU Competition Commissioner in November 2014. The EU Competition Commissioner is a powerful figure in Europe, as witnessed by the...more

10/3/2014 - Antitrust Investigations Cartels Competition Authorities EU

New EU Competition Commissioner Magrethe Vestager to Take Office in November, Pending Approval

In an announcement made on 10 September 2014, the President-elect of the next European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker from Luxemburg, unveiled his team and announced that Magrethe Vestager from Denmark will replace Joaquin...more

9/11/2014 - Administrative Appointments EU European Commission Political Appointments

CJEU Rules Maximum Cartel Fine Applies Only to Infringing Subsidiary Turnover and Reduces Fine by €17 Million

On 4 September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that the maximum fine of 10 per cent of turnover imposed on the infringing subsidiary of a non-infringing parent company should be calculated on...more

9/10/2014 - Cartels CJEU EU Fines Patent Infringement Patents Subsidiaries

New IP Enforcement Policy in the EU

Given that strategic importance of IP-sensitive industries for the EU economy, the European Commission (Commission) has introduced a new initiative with a view to strengthen the protection of EU-based IP rights by working...more

8/11/2014 - Enforcement EU European Commission FRAND Patents Pay-For-Delay Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Strategic Enforcement Plan

Limitation Periods for Antitrust Damages Actions in The European Union

The last decade or so has seen a marked increase in antitrust damages actions brought before the national courts of the EU Member States. As things currently stand, such actions are governed by the various national laws of...more

7/2/2014 - Antitrust Litigation EU EU Directive Statute of Limitations

The CJEU Takes Tough Stance on Downloading from Unlawful Sources

ACI Adam BV v Stichting de Thuiskopie - Following a reference from the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that EU law precludes member states from having national...more

6/16/2014 - CJEU Copyright Copyright Infringement Digital Downloads EU Illegal Digital Downloads

Standards and Injunctions Under EU Competition Law

In two decisions issued in April 2014, the European Commission (the Commission) provided further clarification as regards the circumstances in which patentees can seek injunctions to protect their standard-essential patents...more

6/9/2014 - Competition EU Injunctions Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Standards-Essential Patents

Technology Transfer Agreements: EU Promulgates New Antitrust Rules

The licensing of technology is core to the business model of many companies operating in IP-sensitive industries. Its commercial benefits are myriad. For example, it allows a licensor to take advantage of a licensee’s greater...more

5/12/2014 - Antitrust Provisions EU Technology Technology Transfer Agreements

European Commission Adopts Revised Competition Regime for Technology Transfer Agreements

On 21 March 2014, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a revised set of rules for the assessment of technology transfer agreements by the Commission and national competition authorities. The new Technology Transfer...more

3/24/2014 - Competition EU European Commission License Agreements Technology Technology Transfer Agreements

Collective Redress Likely to Become a Reality in Belgium

The Belgian Government has today submitted a draft federal bill on collective redress for approval in the parliament. If passed, it will introduce collective redress into Belgian legislation for the first time. It will also...more

1/22/2014 - Collective Actions EU Redress Payments

A New Front in The Patent Wars: CJEU Asked for Guidance on Limits to Injunctive Relief

The patent wars between large technology companies continue unabated. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is set to provide guidance on the antitrust rules when holders of standard essential patents seek...more

4/11/2013 - CJEU EU Injunctions Remedies Standards-Essential Patents TFEU

Brussels Court of Appeal Rules that Legal Professional Privilege Applies to In-house Counsel

On 5 March 2013, the Brussels Court of Appeal delivered a judgment finding that, under Belgian law, in-house counsel are covered by legal professional privilege (LPP). In relation to antitrust investigations, the ruling...more

3/15/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Corporate Counsel EU European Commission

UK Government Announces Proposals for an “Opt-Out” Collective Competition Damages Action

On 29 January 2013, the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills announced new proposals designed to improve the ability for consumers and businesses to bring collective damages claims against competition...more

3/7/2013 - Class Action Competition Appeal Tribunal Opt-Outs Unfair Competition

European Commission Proposes Changes to the Rules Applicable to Technology Licensing

On 20 February 2013, the European Commission launched a public consultation in relation to a draft proposal for a revised block exemption for technology transfer agreements (the proposal). The Commission seeks to improve and...more

3/4/2013 - Competition European Commission Licenses Non-Challenge Clauses Patents Technology Transfer Agreements

A Dutch Court Hands Down the First Substantive Damages Judgment in the Netherlands for an Infringement of Competition Law

In a recent judgment, a District Court in the Netherlands (the DCA) handed down a judgment in what is the first substantive damages judgment in the Netherlands for a breach of competition law. In issuing the declaration of...more

2/27/2013 - Breach of Competition Law Cartels Competition Damages Declaratory Judgments EU GRId System Indirect Purchasers Infringement

Maritime Transport Subject to EU General Competition Law Guidelines From 26 September 2013

Up until 18 September 2006, maritime transport services were exempt from the EU competition rules in respect of liner conferences. In addition, cabotage and international tramp vessel services were exempt from the...more

2/22/2013 - Competition EU Maritime Transport Sector-Specific Guidelines Shipping

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

12/28/2012 - America Invents Act Claim Construction Competition Copyright Infringement ITC Obviousness Patent Assertion Entities Patent Reform Patents Pay-For-Delay Permanent Injunctions Preliminary Injunctions Reissue Patents Restitution Trade Secrets Trademarks Walker Process Claims

U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on “Pay-for-Delay” Antitrust Issue

The Supreme Court of the United States has granted the government’s petition for a writ of certiorari in FTC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, agreeing for the first time to address the antitrust and patent law implications of...more

12/11/2012 - FTC Patents Pay-For-Delay Pharmaceutical Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements Split of Authority

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