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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

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

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

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

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

Franchising Update - February 2014

To begin 2014, we remind franchisors of the Government's response to the changes to the Franchising Code recommended last year. On 6 January 2014, Small Business Minister Bruce Billson advised that the Coalition advocated...more

District of New Jersey Finds Settlement Without Reverse Payment Is Not Subject To Anti-Trust Scrutiny

On January 24, 2014, in In re Lamictal Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation, No. 12-cv-995, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9257 (D.N.J. Jan. 24, 2014), Senior District Judge William H. Walls dismissed a putative, antitrust-class...more

"Cybersecurity: Amid Increasing Attacks and Government Controversy, a Framework to Reduce Risk Emerges"

2013 likely will be considered a watershed period in the role of cybersecurity in corporate strategy and management. While there were few significant legislative developments, a marked increase in cybersecurity attacks...more

Patent Assertion Entity Sues FTC, Agrees to Follow New York Attorney General Guidelines

A well-known “patent assertion entity” (PAE), MPHJ Technology Investment LLC, filed a declaratory judgment suit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its Commissioners for the agency’s alleged “threats to bring...more

An NPE Settles with New York, Sues FTC

Over the past year, both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government have expressed increasing support for legislation and other measures targeting patent litigation abuse by non-practicing entities...more

Issues To Consider Before Monetizing Standard-Essential Patents By Sale Or Enforcement

Companies that participate in standard setting organizations (“SSOs”) typically agree to license any patents essential to practice the standard on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (“RAND” or, adding fair, “FRAND”...more

US China Trade War – Reagan Predicted It, Trade, Customs, 337/Patents, US China Antitrust, And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, Customs, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. In looking at the first posts I wrote on my blog, they were relatively short, but with the US litigation...more

Top Stories of 2013: #4 to #6

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

Suprema Says No ITC Exclusion Order Based on Induced Infringement

In Suprema, Inc. and Mentalix, Inc. v. International Trade Commission, 2012-1170 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 13, 2103), the Federal Circuit held that the ITC may not issue an exclusion order “predicated on a theory of induced...more

Federal Circuit Limits ITC Power over Induced Infringement

On December 13, 2013, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released an opinion in Suprema v. International Trade Commission that significantly restricts the scope of the International Trade Commission (“ITC”)’s power...more

Patent Trolls, Anti-Trolls, and Antitrust Law Collide in Patent Licensing Dispute

We previously wrote that regulators are considering using antitrust laws to reign in perceived abuses by non-practicing entities or, more familiarly, “patent trolls” – entities that purchase the rights to patents not to...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - December 2013

Japan’s METI Submits Amicus Brief in the TFT-LCD Litigation Seeking to Limit the Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws - On Oct. 31, 2013, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry submitted a brief in...more

“Anti-Patent Troll” Fails to Secure Dismissal of Amended Antitrust Complaint

Back in January, I covered the case of Cascades Computer Innovation LLC v. RPX Corp., 2013 U.SNo-Troll. Dist. LEXIS 10526 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 24, 2013), where Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed – with leave to amend –...more

New FTC Rule Means More Exclusive Patent Rights Transfers Must Be Reported

The FTC has expanded the types of exclusive patent transfers that may be reportable under the HSR Act. Effective December 16, 2013, the FTC will consider patent transfers to be exclusive and potentially subject to the HSR Act...more

Trademark Misuse Is ^Almost^ Never an Antitrust Injury

Trademarks are commonly thought to convey no market power. In RJ Machine Co. v. Canada Pipeline Accessories Co., Case No. 1:13-cv-00579-SS (W.D. Tex. Nov. 22, 2013) (Sparks, J.), the court dismissed antitrust claims...more

Clearance: Proskauer's Quarterly Antitrust Update - Fall 2013

In Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., the Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision written by Justice Breyer, reversed the Eleventh Circuit's dismissal of an FTC complaint under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission...more

Pay-for-delay to Stay FTC’s Top Priority

In a recent interview, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Competition chairwoman Deborah Feinstein announced that targeting pay-for-delay arrangements by pharmaceutical companies would continue as a top priority for the...more

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