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Give It Back! Disgorgement – Another FTC Arrow against Reverse-Payment Settlements that Delay Generic Entry

If the uncertainty that the Supreme Court’s Actavis decision injected into the world of reverse-payment settlement litigation wasn’t enough to get your attention, then the FTC’s recent effort to obtain disgorgement from...more

Regulatory Risk: Pharmaceutical sector — clarification on approach to market definition for prescription medicines

SUMMARY - A decision handed down by the UK Court of Appeal earlier this month provides useful guidance on the correct approach to defining the market in relation to pharmaceutical products. The Court of Appeal held...more

Antitrust Treble Damages for Patent Infringement? Yes, According to Groundbreaking Decision

The Eastern District of Texas recently held that patent infringement can constitute anticompetitive conduct for monopolization claims under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, in Retractable Technologies Inc. v. Becton Dickinson &...more

Defendants' Response to Myriad's Preliminary Injunction Motions - Myriad Genetics v. Ambry Genetics Corp. and Myriad Genetics v....

Last month, Ambry Genetics and Gene By Gene responded to Myriad's motion for preliminary injunction in a 109 page brief that sets out its invalidity case as well as the basis for its antitrust counterclaims. Supported by...more

The International Trade Commission: Easier Injunctive Relief-Except for Standard-Essential Patent Holders

Earlier this summer, the Obama administration dealt a blow to Standard-Essential Patent (SEP) holders by reversing an International Trade Commission (ITC) exclusion order granted in favor of an SEP holder. This action...more

Apple Found Liable of Conspiracy to Fix Prices in E-books Case

On July 10, 2013, Judge Denise Cote in the Southern District of New York handed down an opinion and order finding that Apple had violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by persuading five leading publishers jointly to abandon...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Addresses Use of Standard-Essential Patents in Section 337 Investigations

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently published the final public version of its June 4, 2013, decision, which states that there is nothing in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 that precludes the Commission from...more

Supreme Court in Actavis: analyze reverse-payment settlements' anticompetitive effects case by case

In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court in FTC v. Actavis held 5-3 that reverse-payment settlements of Hatch-Waxman Act litigation are neither immune from antitrust liability nor presumptively ulawful but rather...more

A New Front in The Patent Wars: CJEU Asked for Guidance on Limits to Injunctive Relief

The patent wars between large technology companies continue unabated. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is set to provide guidance on the antitrust rules when holders of standard essential patents seek...more

New FTC Advertising Guidelines Are Worth a Review

In a recent post, I discussed how a company could be liable for referencing a third-party’s unbiased endorsement if, unbeknownst to that company, the basis for the endorsement turned out to be unjustified. In another...more

Free Product Distribution or Discounted Component Distribution Likely Does Not Exhaust Patent Rights

In LifeScan, Inc. v. Shasta Technologies, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38677 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 19, 2013), Judge Davila granted plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction to address claims of patent infringement, and...more

Google Settles Another Privacy Allegation — This One Concerning Its ‘Street View’

Google recently agreed to a settlement after a three-year investigation conducted by 38 state attorneys general stemming for allegations that it had violated individuals’ privacy rights when it collected information from...more

Advertising News & Analysis - March 14, 2013

In this issue: - FTC’s .com Disclosures: New Media Still Subject to Old Rules - Paper, Plastic...or Mobile? FTC Issues Report on Mobile Payments - Why So Negative on Negative Option? - Cy Pres...more

In a Rarely-Seen Joint-Effort in the Competition Arena, the DOJ and the USPTO Unite in Issuing a Policy Statement on Remedies...

On January 8, 2013 – less than a week after the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") entered into a consent order with Google,[1] under which Google is generally banned from seeking injunctions on its F/RAND[2] -encumbered...more

On-Line Privacy: The FTC Snuffs Out A “History Sniffer”

Most people seem to know that on-line browsing does not occur in a vacuum. As we browse the Web the sites we visit send “cookies” to our browsers that allow those sites to recognize us and keep track of our activity on them....more

"FTC Ends Google Investigation With a ‘Slap on the Wrist’"

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ended its highly publicized and wide-ranging investigation into Google Inc.’s business practices with an enforcement action that has been described by some as a “slap on...more

IP Update, Vol. 15, No. 12, December 2012

In This Issue: Patents - ..Federal Circuit Rules It’s Own Standards Apply When Considering Preliminary Injunctions ..Preliminary Testing of Medical Devices in Animals Enables Their Use in...more

The Guns of August: FTC Announces Policy Change Lowering Barrier to Monetary Relief for Anticompetitive Behavior; Action Aimed at...

In a signal that it may seek monetary relief from pharmaceutical companies involved in so-called “pay-for-delay” agreements and from other firms engaged in other conduct believed to be anticompetitive, the Federal Trade...more

"When Did You Last Think About Your Privacy Policy?" FTC and Class Action Plaintiffs Take Aim in Data Breach Actions

Almost daily, headlines announcing data breaches exposing consumer personal information to identity thieves are becoming more and more common. Recent regulatory and consumer class actions filed on the heels of these breaches...more

United States of America v. Apple Inc

Complaint in US v. Apple and Hachette, et al.

Full text copy of the anti-trust complaint filed by the US Department of Justice against Apple and a handful of book publishers to do with e-book pricing practices. From the DOJ press release: "The Department of Justice...more

High Stakes: Will Google’s Alleged Circumvention of Safari Privacy Settings Expose It to a $100,000,000,000+ Fine?

Google’s strong interest (some might say desperation) in conquering the social media territory already so thoroughly dominated by Facebook may have caused it to go a little too far. Or a lot too far, assuming you think...more

The FTC Has Your Back, Even When It's Naked: FTC Orders P2P Program's Default File Sharing Settings Changed

On October 12, 2011, the FTC announced that it, along with Frostwire LLC and FrostWire’s managing member, Angel Leon, (collectively, “FrostWire”), agreed to a stipulated final order for permanent injunction resulting from the...more

2011 — The Year of The Breach: Consumers, companies, insurers, and legislators stake out positions after rash of data breaches

Originally Published in Insurance Law360. In the first seven months of 2011, a number of companies and institutions have reported large-scale data breaches. The causes of the breaches range from misplacement of data by...more

Generic Drug "Sham" Litigation Claim Accrues on Date of Competitor Drug Approval

Medical Mutual of Ohio, Inc. (“MMOH”), a medical insurer, brought an antitrust class action on behalf of similarly situated indirect purchasers of a constipation drug produced by Braintree Laboratories (“Braintree”) in...more

In the Matter of Facebook, Inc. and the Facial Identification of Users

Complaint, Request for Investigation, Injunction, and Other Relief

EPIC Files Complaint, Urges Investigation of Facebook's Facial Recognition Techniques Today EPIC, and several privacy organizations, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about Facebook's automated tagging of...more

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