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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

Digital Content Producers (Still) Lack Antitrust Standing to Sue Wireless Carriers Over MMS

In a prior post, I covered the district court’s decision in Davis v. AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. There, the Central District of California dismissed antitrust claims against various wireless telephone companies and other...more

US China Trade War Developments - Trade, IP, Antitrust and Securities

There have been major developments in the trade, Chinese Antidumping, 337, litigation, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. TRADE - THE ANTICOMPETITIVE IMPACT OF US ANTIDUMPING LAW IN CHINA AND THE US...more

Competition Bureau Releases Draft Updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

On April 2, 2014, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) released draft updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (Revised IPEGs) for a 60-day consultation period. The Revised IPEGs principally reflect the amendments to...more

April 2014: EU Litigation Update

License Agreements Under Scrutiny—A New Challenge for Non-Challenge Clauses. In general, license agreements are deemed pro-competitive. Licensing leads to the dissemination of technology and promotes (follow on) innovation...more

The Complexities of the USPTO Proposed Attributable Ownership Rules

The USPTO proposed attributable ownership rules would require the public disclosure of the “attributable owner” of patent applications and patents. As discussed in this article, the proposed definition of “attributable owner”...more

The Federal Circuit Considers Petitions For Rehearing Suprema — Its Decision Defining The ITC’s Authority To Police Induced...

The International Trade Commission and Cross Match Technologies Inc. requested rehearing of the December panel decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Suprema Inc. and Mentalix Inc. v. U.S....more

Advertising Law

SPECIAL FOCUS: Supreme Court Adopts Broad Standing Test for False Advertising Plaintiffs - On March 25th, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion regarding the test for standing in false advertising cases...more

SCOTUS Clears District Court Jam Over Test for Standing in False Advertising Cases

Printing has not been this interesting since Dwight Schrute and Jim Halpert bickered over paper sales and Michael Scott told off-color jokes in “The Office.” Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the laser...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

ITC Section 337 Update

ITC Judge Lord Declines Applying Suprema Holding - In ITC Enforcement Proceeding – On May 20, 2013, the Commission instituted an enforcement proceeding in Two-Way Global Satellite Communication Devices, System And...more

FTC Continues Aggressive Posture On Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements With Reference To Disgorgement

In two recent statements, the FTC reaffirmed its intention aggressively to pursue reverse-payment patent settlement agreements in the pharmaceutical industry. ...more

Advertising News & Analysis - March 27, 2014

In this issue: - FTC Seeks Comment on Fair Packaging and Labeling Act Rules - Ink Still Drying on Supreme Court's Lexmark Decision - FTC says Weak Disclosures? Special Effects, Too? Nissan's on the Dark...more

Supreme Court Creates New Standing Test For Asserting False Action Claim Under Lanham Act

On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion, authored by Justice Scalia, in Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc. In a previous post, I discussed my involvement in this case at...more

Advertising Law

FDA “Dislikes” Drug Company’s Facebook Page - Switzerland-based IBSA Institut Biochimique SA recently got a thumbs-down from the Food and Drug Administration over a Facebook ad for its hypothyroidism drug, Tirosint,...more

EU Commission Announces New European Technology Licensing Rules

The European Union adopted on March 21, 2014, revised competition rules for the transfer of technology covering certain categories of agreements for licensing of patents, know-how and software copyrights. The EU reaffirmed...more

FTC Targets Reporting of Licensing of Pharmaceutical Patents With Special Rules for Premerger Notification: What You Need to Know

On November 15, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) adopted special rules for determining whether “exclusive” licenses of pharmaceutical patents are required to be reported to the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the...more

Antitrust Claims Against SESAC Copyright Licenses Permitted To Proceed

Performing rights organizations (PROs) are entities that issue licenses to, and collect royalties from, television stations and other parties who wish to perform or dylanbroadcast copyrighted musical compositions. There are...more

ITC Section 337 Update – March 2014

Jury Sets FRAND Rate For And ITC Ends Investigation Into LSI/Agere Wi-Fi Patents – On February 26, 2014, a Northern District of California federal jury reached a Verdict in Realtek Semiconductor v. LSI and Agere, Case...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR - March 2014

There have been major developments in the trade, Solar Cells, TTP, TPA, Chinese Antidumping, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. As indicated in past newsletters, the nonmarket economy status of China means...more

European Union: Assessment Of IP Licensing Agreements Under EU Competition Law*

In recent years there has been a remarkable expansion of antitrust enforcement in the area of intellectual property (IP). This trend is illustrated by an increasing willingness of the European Commission (the Commission) and...more

Senate Legislation Update -- The Commerce Committee Gets in the Act

Last Thursday, Sen. McCaskill, along with Sen. Rockefeller, introduced the "Transparency in Assertion of Patents Act" (S. 2049). Of course, several other bills are currently pending in the Senate that have been introduced by...more

ITC Section 337 Update – February 2014

Commission Petitions Federal Circuit For Panel Rehearing And Rehearing En Banc In Suprema Case – On Friday, February 14, 2014, the Commission filed a Combined Petition for Panel Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc in Suprema v....more

Two Bodies Of Law Separated By A Common Mission: Unilateral Conduct By Dominant Firms At The IP/Antitrust Intersection In The EU...

Introduction - It is frequently said that “[t]he goals of the intellectual property and antitrust laws are complementary, not inconsistent.” Both antitrust law and intellectual property (IP) law seek, in the end, to...more

Hot Topics In Intellectual Property And Antitrust Law

Overview of Presentation: The Antitrust / IP interface • Observers have long noted a perceived tension between antitrust and IP law • IP law aims to create legally sanctioned zones of exclusivity • It...more

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