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Antitrust Matters - July 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Back to the Future? Back to the Past! - Interview: African Merger Control: Interview with the COMESA Competition Commission EUROPE: *EUROPEAN UNION: - Comparing apples and...more

Patent Hold-Up or Patent Hold-Out? Judge Essex Adds His Voice to the SEP-FRAND Debate

Administrative Law Judge Essex recently issued the public version of his Initial Determination in ITC investigation No. 337-TA-868, ruling that the respondents are precluded from relying on the defense that the patent holder...more

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

An Exceptional Decision: The ITC Stays Cease and Desist Orders Issued in the Dental Position Adjustment Appliances Investigation

On June 11, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission ordered the stay of its own cease and desist orders previously entered against ClearCorrect Operating, LLC (CCUS) and ClearCorrect Pakistan (Private), Ltd. (CCPK)...more

ITC Section 337 Update

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Federal Circuit Standards For Patent Inducement Infringement And Indefiniteness – In two decisions on June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court materially changed the standards for patent...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - June 2014 (Global)

Opt-Out Antitrust Class Actions — A U.S. Perspective on the Consumer Rights Bill Pending in UK's Parliament - Will opt-out class actions proposed by the UK Parliament’s Consumer Rights Bill bring the dreaded U.S.-style...more

EU’s Top Court Rules Cartel Victims Can Claim Damages From Cartelists Despite No Contractual Link

In a landmark ruling, the EU’s top court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Kone and Others C-557/12 of 5 June 2014, has held that, where a cartel causes competing companies to increase their prices, the members of the...more

New E.U. Antitrust Directive

On April 17, 2014 the European Parliament adopted the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on private competition damages actions. The general impetus for the Directive was the paucity of private actions sought...more

Full Federal Circuit Vacates Panel Decision In Suprema And Grants Petitions For Rehearing En Banc

As we reported last month, the International Trade Commission and Cross Match Technologies, Inc. petitioned for a panel rehearing and a rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit’s December decision in Suprema v. International...more

Recent Civil and Criminal Actions Highlight Trade Compliance as a Risk Area That Should Not Be Ignored

Recent news highlights what can happen when companies are not compliant vis-à-vis their trade compliance programs, leading to potential civil and criminal actions. Such actions can cost millions of dollars in penalties,...more

Concerns over the effectiveness of safeguards designed to prevent evidence from one proceeding being used against the witness in...

The concerns about the effectiveness of protective orders raised in Catalyst Fund General Partner I Inc. v Hollinger Inc., [2005] OJ No 2191 (SCJ), aff’d [2005] OJ No 4666 (CA) were also central to a recent decision of...more

ITC: Data Transmissions from Abroad Are Importations Subject to Section 337

Unfair acts connected to imported "articles" are unlawful under Section 337. The U.S. International Trade Commission – the agency tasked with administering Section 337 – recently ruled that data transmissions from abroad are...more

European Commission Takes Action to Limit Injunctions for SEPs

On April 29, 2014, the European Commission ("Commission") adopted a decision against Motorola Mobility LLC (“Motorola”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc., and entered into a settlement agreement with Samsung...more

European Commission limits Ability to seek Injunctions relating to Standard Essential Patents

On 29 April 2014, the European Commission ("Commission") issued two decisions clarifying its approach where holders of standard essential patents (“SEPs”) seek injunctions against their prospective licensees, in particular as...more

European Parliament Approves Antitrust Damages Directive

The European Parliament approved the text on April 17, 2014 of a long-awaited Directive designed to facilitate private actions for damages by victims of infringements of antitrust rules in the EU (the “Directive”). The...more

Microsoft-Nokia: China’s MOFCOM Quietly Slips Into the Debate about Injunctive Relief for FRAND-encumbered SEPs

This past November and December, the US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and European Commission (“EC”) cleared Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) acquisition of the bulk of the devices and services business of Nokia...more

"European Parliament Approves Proposed Directive on Private Antitrust Damages Actions"

On April 17, 2014, the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on private antitrust damages actions (the Directive). The Directive is intended to facilitate antitrust...more

European Parliament adopts legislation facilitating antitrust damages actions

Today, the European Parliament approved legislation governing antitrust damages actions brought in the national courts of EU Member States. The Parliament’s approval was the last significant hurdle and follows several years...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Motorola’s LCD Antitrust Claims Based on Foreign Purchases

On March 27, in the latest major development in Motorola Mobility’s lawsuit alleging price-fixing of liquid crystal display modules (LCDs), a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit, including renowned antitrust jurist Judge...more

ITC reaffirms its power to bar digital file transfers

The U.S. International Trade Commission has reaffirmed its power to ban electronic transmissions (such as pirated films or software) from the United States where those transmission infringe an intellectual property right or...more

ITC Says the Importation of Digital Data Can Constitute Importation of a Patent-Infringing Product

On April 3, 2014, the United States International Trade Commission affirmed that the importation of digital data via electronic transmission can constitute “importation” of a patent-infringing product in violation of Section...more

EU nears finalisation of new law to promote anti-trust claims

Member States’ ambassadors to the EU, known as the Committee of Permanent Representatives, have endorsed the agreement between the Council Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament on a proposed new EU...more

Where To Bring Damages Claims In EU Int’l Cartel Cases?

As Europe continues to open its door to private damages actions, questions arise as to where to bring claims against international cartelists. In this article, we provide a simplified overview of the highly complex set of...more

Private Actions in Competition Law: Recent Developments

Private damages actions in competition law continue to mature across Europe, with the past few months seeing some significant developments at both a national and supra-national level. This note summarises the main...more

A Peek Around the Curtain: A False Claims Act Settlement for Avoiding Customs Charges

On November 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a False Claims Act settlement with Basco Manufacturing Company, a maker of shower enclosures, for $1.1 million related to misstatements on U.S. Customs and Border...more

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