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ECJ rips up Orange Book! New standards in Europe for SEP injunctions

Standards lie at the heart of the digital economy – without standards, we would not have smartphones, tablets and other key parts of modern life. Europe’s highest court recently delivered a judgment in Huawei v. ZTE1...more

Competition News July-August 2015

French merger control: The Competition Authority agrees to approve the prospective acquirer of assets sold by the purchaser - On May 15, 2015, the Competition Authority authorized, subject to certain conditions, the...more

Are Mutual Index Funds Anti-Competitive?

They may be, according to a thought-provoking article by Harvard Law School Professor Einer Elhauge entitled “Horizontal Shareholding as an Antitrust Violation” (July 21, 2015).... In a nutshell, Professor Elhauge’s...more

FTC Narrows Scope of HSR Reporting Exemption for Certain Acquisitions

On July 20, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released revisions to its interpretation of the rule, 16 C.F.R. §802.5, that exempts certain acquisitions of “investment rental property assets” from reportability under...more

[Event] How Better Reporting Changes the Game for Compliance - August 13, 12:00-2:00pm PDT, Portland, OR

The role of the compliance executive is changing before our eyes. With more resources and greater access to the CEO and Board, there’s more impetus than ever before for compliance executives to demonstrate and bolster the...more

Debate over the Exclusivity Period for Biologics in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

A group of Democratic lawmakers and advocacy organizations criticized protections for brand-name biologics in the current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a free-trade agreement among a dozen Pacific Rim...more

Milk expiration dates and clever cartels

The Planet Money podcast this week has a story about the Greek economy. According to the podcast, there is a Greek milk producer “cartel.” Of course cartels are unlawful in Europe, just as they are in the U.S. So it seems...more

EU’s Highest Court Confirms that Seeking an Injunction for SEPs May Constitute an Abuse of a Dominant Position

On July 16, 2015, the EU's highest court, the Court of Justice, rendered its long-awaited ruling on whether seeking an injunction for a standard-essential patent ("SEP") against an alleged patent infringer constitutes an...more

DL Cycles, LLC v. Paul Mazurek

Consent Final Judgment & Permanent Injunction

In this case, our client DL Cycles, LLC d/b/a Trek Bicycles Florida sued its former regional manager, Paul Mazurek, for breach of various restrictive covenants. After separating from Trek, Mazuek went to work a competing...more

Keurig Fights to Dismiss All Antitrust Claims Brought Against It

On July 9, 2015, the Southern District of New York heard oral argument on Keurig Green Mountain’s motions to dismiss the three complaints filed by the following plaintiffs: Keurig’s competitors (Treehouse Foods, Inc., Bay...more

EC's Infringement Proceedings for Intra-EU BITs Cause Uncertainty for Investors

On 18 June 2015, the European Commission initiated infringement proceedings against five member states of the European Union for intra-EU bilateral investment treaties' (BITs) incompatibility with Article 351 of the Treaty on...more

Huawei v ZTE - CJEU Landmark Decision Provides New Ground Rules for Asserting Standard-Essential Patents in Europe

In a landmark decision issued on July 16, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) provided new guidelines on how patent infringement courts in Europe should deal with patent proprietors seeking injunctions or...more

EU Court: Standard Essential Patent Owners May Be Abusing Dominance

On July 16, the European Court of Justice issued a decision stating that standard essential patent (“SEP”) owners that seek injunctions against companies willing to license intellectual property on fair and reasonable terms...more

Price Erosion and Restricting Online Distribution Rights

A reader who works with clients who sell online asked me to address online distribution restrictions.  This is more-or-less the reverse of the question I addressed in “Can My Supplier Refuse to Sell Products to Me?”  As...more

European Union High Court Gives Guidance On Seeking Injunctive Relief On FRAND-Encumbered Seps (Huawei V. ZTE)

Today, a European Union high court issued a ruling that provides guidance on what steps the owner of a FRAND-encumbered patent that may be essential to a standard should take before seeking injunctive relief. The court also...more

CJEU Ruling In Huawei/ZTE Leaves The Door Open To Injunctive Relief In SEP Litigation

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) today handed down its much-awaited decision in the Huawei v. ZTE dispute, in which it was asked to clarify whether and when standard essential patent (SEP) owners may seek and...more

[Webinar] International Trade and Antitrust — Clarity Put on Hold as FTAIA Conflict/Confusion Continues - July 30, 12:00pm CT

More than 30 years since the enactment of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), it continues to be characterized by confusion about the application of U.S. antitrust laws to international trade, which is the...more

Four FTC Commissioners Reject Wright’s Call for GUPPI Safe Harbor

Four members of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement on July 13, 2015, disputing claims by a fellow commissioner that the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines include a “safe harbor” that is available in...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR JULY 2015 TPA, TPP, TRADE POLICY, TRADE AND CUSTOMS

Because of the substantial activity in May, June and July with the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) negotiations, this blog post is being split into two parts. ...more

FTC Comment: Minnesota Law Requiring Public Disclosure of Health Care Contract Data Increases Risk of Anticompetitive Behavior

On June 29, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) responded to a request for comment from two Minnesota state legislators concerning recently enacted amendments to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA). Under...more

Are Public Companies Required to Disclose that the Government is Investigating Them?

For many public companies, the first issue they have to confront after they receive a government subpoena or Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) is whether to disclose publicly that they are under investigation. Curiously, the...more

All Eyes on Woodman’s: Bulk Packaging as Promotional Services Under the RPA

Manufacturers of goods and their attorneys are keeping close watch on the case developing between Woodman's Markets and Clorox. At issue is a manufacturer's ability to use large-packaged goods to work around the price...more

The New Canadian Integrity Regime: Compliance Carrots to Join the Debarment Sticks

Today we welcome Kristine Robidoux, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, for an analysis of the new Canadian Integrity Regime. As Canada has one of the most robust Debarment regimes which includes anti-bribery enforcement,...more

Buy One Get One (Discounted) Only Violates The Sherman Act If The Discount For The “Tied” Product Is Below Cost

In a recent opinion, Collins Inkjet Corp. v. Eastman Kodak Co., the Sixth Circuit held that differential pricing in a tying arrangement (i.e., “I will charge you less for printer replacement parts, but only if you buy all of...more

Third Circuit Allows Pay-For-Delay Suit Despite No Cash Payment

On June 26, 2015, the Third Circuit extended Actavis to non-cash settlements and held that Actavis can cover a no-AG agreement – “a settlement in which the patentee drug manufacturer agrees to relinquish its right to produce...more

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