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Chinese Competition Authority Imposes Fines for Price-Fixing Involving Industry Associations

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: In early September, three local Chinese chemical manufacturers received penalty notices from China's National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC") for attending an association conference,...more

The life sciences industry under the antitrust spotlight in China: two practical points

by Hogan Lovells on

The simple fact is that the Chinese antitrust regulators are determined to up their enforcement activities in the life sciences industry. Almost immediately after drug pricing was liberalised in 2015, an antitrust enforcement...more

China proposes new rules to address perceived anti-competitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry

by Hogan Lovells on

On 14 August 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC") released a draft of the Guidelines on Pricing Conduct by Business Operators for Drugs in Shortage and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients ("Draft...more

China’s Draft IPR Guidelines Reach Final Consultation Stages

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Speed read - On 23 March 2017, the Antimonopoly Commission of China’s State Council (“AMC”) published the long-expected draft Guidelines on Prohibition of Abuses of Intellectual Property Rights (“draft IPR Guidelines”)...more

Antitrust in China: 2016 highlights and an outlook on 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The three Chinese antitrust authorities – Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) – overall remained very active in...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

FTC takes another look at merger remedies - On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to...more

China’s MOFCOM Announces First-Ever Gun-Jumping Penalty in a Transaction Not Involving a Chinese Company

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

MOFCOM continues efforts to increase enforcement of its merger notification requirements, despite very limited penalty options. On January 4, 2016, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced that it had fined...more

Anti-Monopoly Disputes Are Not Arbitrable According to Chinese Court

by WilmerHale on

On August 29, the Jiangsu Provincial Higher People's Court ruled that an arbitration clause did not apply to an anti-monopoly dispute in a 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) case brought by a distributor against a manufacturer....more

Business Litigation Report - July 2016

Article: Increase in Vertical Price Restraint Enforcement in China - In recent months, Chinese anti-monopoly enforcement actions scrutinizing and penalizing pricing-related issues have noticeably increased. A growing...more

Increase in Vertical Price Restraint Enforcement in China

In recent months, Chinese anti-monopoly enforcement actions scrutinizing and penalizing pricing-related issues have noticeably increased. A growing number of foreign companies in consumer-facing industries have received...more

Fair Competition Review System

On June 14, 2016, the State Council issued Opinions on Establishing the Fair Competition Review System in the Development of Market System (hereinafter “Opinions”), which finally uncovers the veil of this system....more

China Competition Authority Initiates Drug Pricing Investigation

On May 22, 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (the NDRC) of China promulgated a notice (the Pricing Investigation Notice) announcing that it would carry out a nationwide drug pricing investigation on...more

SEP-Based Injunctions: Down But Not Out

by Allen & Overy LLP on

One important question for standard essential patent (“SEP”) holders is whether they can still seek and enforce injunctions. Some take the view that the act of seeking injunctive relief is inherently inconsistent with an SEP...more

When Does An IP Owner Become An IP Abuser?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Over the last two years, China has ramped up its efforts with antitrust enforcement. This also includes IP related abuse. But what does IP abuse mean? IP law confers the right to exclude – which means that an IP owner can...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–Trump, Trade Policy, NME, TPP, Trade, Customs, False Claims, Products Liability, Antitrust and Securities

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Dear Friends, After returning from a two week trip to China to work on the Solar Cells case, this March blog post will cover trade policy, including Trump’s impact on Trade Policy, trade, Customs, False Claims Act, the...more

China’s Allopurinol Case: Double Jeopardy For One Anti-Competitive Scheme?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Two successive decisions from the SAIC and the NDRC, the Chinese antitrust agencies in charge of prosecuting cartels and abuses of dominance, in the same matter concerning allopurinol, a commonly used generic pharmaceutical...more

US China Trade War–Developments in Trade, Trade Politics, Patents/IP, Antitrust and Securites

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On January 11thth, I put up my last post stating that because of its length, I have broken up the post into two parts. This February post includes a Trade, Customs and IP update with longer sections on Antitrust and...more

China Primer Series: Anti-Monopoly Law 2015

China’s adoption of the Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”)is a landmark in the evolution of China's economic transformation. The AML was a carefully thought-out, negotiated, strategic development dictated by the central government, a...more

China Imposes Record Fine of Approx. US$975 Million (€863 Million) Under Its Anti-Monopoly Law

by White & Case LLP on

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced an RMB 6.088 billion (approximately US$975 million and €863 million) fine against Qualcomm Inc. for alleged abuse of its market position in China in...more

What is Simplified under Anti-Monopoly Filing Procedures for Simple M&A Cases?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Ministry of Commerce in China (“MOFCOM”) has promulgated a series of implementation regulations as an effort to improve the enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”), among which two regulations specifically relate to...more

Qualcomm Agrees to $975 Million Fine and Conduct Remedies to Resolve Chinese Standard Essential Patent Licensing Investigation

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The assertion of standard essential patents (SEPs) by patent-holders has raised patent, contract, and competition issues in jurisdictions around the world. One SEP holder, Qualcomm, has faced particular scrutiny with respect...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - December 2014 (Global)

For this month’s Top Stories, we are republishing two very recent Orrick Client Alerts that address an important U.S. appellate decision regarding the extraterritorial application of U.S. antitrust laws and the first U.S....more

China’s Supreme People’s Court Releases its First Decision Under China's Antimonopoly Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Case sets precedent for antitrust disputes in China, particularly on how to define the relevant market, and assess market dominance and abusive conduct. Introduction – On 16 October 2014, China’s highest court...more

Enforcement of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law Continues to Intensify

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In this lw.com interview, Latham & Watkins partner Tad Lipsky discusses the evolution of antitrust laws globally, examines the complex regulatory structure that enforces China’s new Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) and talks about the...more

Chinese Antitrust Enforcers Under Fire for Targeting Foreign Firms

China’s antitrust regulators have been on a tear lately. Last year the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) began its investigation of Qualcomm for allegedly violating China’s 2008 Anti-Monopoly Law. SAIC...more

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