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Recent Developments Relating to Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Patent Assertion Entities, FRAND and Patent Misuse

On Thursday November 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached an agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments (MPHJ), a patent assertion entity, to settle the FTC’s Complaint that MPHJ allegedly made...more

What’s Next for In re: Nexium: Defendants’ Motions for Directed Verdicts Likely to Turn on Sufficiency of Expert Testimony

As we previously reported, the In re: Nexium trial is the first pay-for-delay trial in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis decision. But if the Nexium defendants have it their way, plaintiffs’...more

Health Insurer Antitrust Claim Against Drug Company Remanded to State Court

Over the last several years, several health insurers have brought antitrust claims against drug companies, contending that they were overcharged for drugs as a result of agreements reached by the drug companies in the...more

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Settles Complaint Against Patent Troll That Manufacturers Should Be Aware Of

Earlier this year, I wrote about efforts to reform the patent system to curtail abuses by “patent trolls.” Patent trolls do not manufacture anything. Rather, they often buy up patents and then bring lawsuits against...more

District Court Reluctantly Allows Tying Claims Against Oracle to Go Forward

Last Friday, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal of the Northern District of California denied a motion by Oracle to dismiss three counterclaims based on a tying theory in Oracle America, Inc. v. Terix Computer Co. In doing so,...more

Patent Assertion Entity Settles FTC Charges

Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) acquire patent rights and attempt to generate revenue by licensing or litigating the patents. In September 2013, the FTC announced its decision to collect empirical data to study the effects...more

Nexium District Court Takes Pioneering Approach to Preliminary Jury Charge

How does a court explain the complicated area of law at the intersection of patent settlements and antitrust law to a group of lay-jurors in the wake of Actavis? The district court’s approach to preliminary jury instructions...more

The Impact of Competition Law in the Mediation of Patent Disputes

Patent disputes lend themselves well to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods, particularly mediation.1 Mediation provides a timely and cost-effective opportunity for parties to explore and adopt creative solutions for...more

Legal FAQ: Section 337 Investigations Before the International Trade Commission

What types of intellectual property claims can be brought before the International Trade Commission? - The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) investigates claims of unfair competition under Section 337 of the...more

Second Circuit Rules that Foreign Anticompetitive Use of Royalty-Free Patent is Insufficient to Establish a Domestic Effect Giving...

Standards essential patents can run afoul of United States antitrust law when the patent owner acts in a matter which creates anticompetitive risks that outweigh any precompetitive benefit. For example, the Federal Trade...more

US China Trade War-Developments In Trade, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Customs, IP/337, Antitrust And Securities

There have been major developments in the trade, trade adjustment assistance, Trade Agreements, Customs, 337/IP, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. TRADE PROTECTIONISM INCLUDING UNFAIR TRADE CASES DO NOT WORK...more

PTAB - Trulia and Zillow possible merger is not a sufficient basis for extending the 12 month period to complete the trial

In Trulia, Inc. v. Zillow, Inc., Trulia filed a petition seeking covered business method review of U.S. Patent No. 7,970,674 relating to automatically determining a current value for a real estate property. CBM2013-00056. On...more

Canadian Competition Bureau chief takes a tough stance on pay-to-delay agreements

The Canadian Competition Bureau intends to take a tough approach to so-called “pay-to-delay” settlements, potentially anti-competitive agreements in which generic drug manufacturers agree to delay the launch of a low-cost...more

A New Suit Alleges “Product Hopping” Theory

Previously, we discussed a recent lawsuit that alleged “product hopping” by a brand pharmaceutical manufacturer as part of a broader pay-for-delay claim. On Monday, the New York Attorney General filed a suit in the U.S....more

In re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J. 2014)

In the lastest instance of a plaintiff attempting to extend the Supreme Court's holding in FTC v. Actavis that "reverse payment" settlement agreements in ANDA litigation could be anticompetitive and violate the antitrust...more

“Free Sherlock” Litigation Raises Specter of Antitrust Liability for Distributors Cooperating With Intellectual Property Owners

Leslie Klinger, noted Sherlock Holmes scholar and lawyer, has waged a nearly all-out legal offensive against the Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle over the Estate’s assertion of a copyright in connection with certain works...more

ITC Section 337 Update

ITC Judge Gildea Finds NPE Established Domestic Industry - In 884 Investigation – On August 29, 2014, ITC Judge James Gildea issued a Notice of Initial Determination (“ID”) finding a violation by reason of infringement...more

"FTC Doubles Down in Challenge to Pharmaceutical Settlement"

On September 8, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a federal antitrust complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against defendants AbbVie, Abbott Laboratories, Unimed...more

United States: IP and Antitrust

United States antitrust law seeks to encourage free and open competition by preventing exclusionary conduct that threatens the competitive process. Intellectual property rights (IPR) laws, by contrast, are designed to...more

Patent Troll Watch - States Are Pushing Patent Trolls Away from the Legal Line

Oregon introduces bill to make improper patent license demands a violation of its unlawful trade practices law - In February 2014, Senate Bill 1540 was filed, which would make patent trolling a violation of the...more

US China Trade War–Developments In Trade, Tax, Customs, Patents/337, Antitrust And Securities

As indicated in the attached invitation, INVITATION VANCOUVER RUSSIAN SANCTIONS SPEECH, on September 3, 2014, from 10AM to 12PM, in an event sponsored by Deloitte Tax Law and the Canadian, Eurasian and Russian Business...more

Printing Company Receives Favorable Verdict Against Former Partner

Analysis Group client MacDermid Printing Solutions (MacDermid) was awarded $35.4 million by a Connecticut federal jury in its antitrust, breach of contract, and trade secrets theft suits against its former business partner,...more

InterConnect - Summer 2014

In this issue: - Don’t Sail Too Close to the Wind: Enhancing Awareness of Intermodal Shipping Documents - NEMF Class Action Settlement Serves as a Reminder to Carriers to Ensure FCRA Compliance in...more

Tyco Healthcare Group LP v. Mutual Pharmaceutical Co.

Can filing a lawsuit under the Hatch-Waxman scheme of 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(2)(A) ever give rise to antitrust liability? The Federal Circuit last week indicated in the affirmative. That statute provides that...more

ITC ALJ Breaks New Ground, Further Heightening the DI Requirement for NPEs in § 337 Cases

According to a recent initial determination by an Administrative Law Judge of the International Trade Commission, a purely revenue-driven NPE cannot prove the existence of a domestic industry by relying solely on the...more

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