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Updated Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing Address New Laws, Omit Some Key Areas

In 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the Agencies) published guidelines that delineated how and when the Agencies would evaluate intellectual property licensing...more

Litigating standard-essential patents: recent developments

Over the course of the past year, there have been two notable decisions issued by the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission that impact the scope and nature of the remedies available for the infringement of...more

Top 12 EU Legal Developments to Watch in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your...more

Korean Ruling Places Qualcomm’s Business Model at Risk

On December 28, 2016, the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) issued a steep fine (“KFTC Ruling”) against Qualcomm for antitrust violations in patent licensing and modem chip sales – a record penalty that the U.S. company...more

Obama Administration Antitrust Enforcers Take Last-Minute IP Licensing Actions

As the Obama Administration drew to a close, its antitrust enforcers took two actions of note for those involved in intellectual property (IP) licensing. The first, the joint release by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

New Lawsuits Challenge Qualcomm’s Allegedly Anticompetitive Patent Practices

The Federal Trade Commission filed suit last week in federal court against Qualcomm, Inc., following its investigation launched in September 2014. The FTC alleges that the semiconductor manufacturer illegally maintained a...more

FTC Sues Qualcomm for Using Anticompetitive Tactics to Maintain Chip Monopoly

Last week, the FTC filed a complaint against Qualcomm, a manufacturer of baseband processors, which are chips included in cell phones and other products with cellular connectivity that allow the devices to connect to cell...more

Virtual Reality: The Expected Future Ubiquity Of Consumer Virtual Reality Equipment And Consequent Legal And Regulatory Challenges

In this paper we consider how a new generation of virtual reality headsets promises to fundamentally change consumer experiences of virtual environments, and we raise some of the major legal and regulatory challenges that...more

FTC and DOJ Issue Proposed Updates to Antitrust Guidelines for Licensing IP

For the first time in 26 years, the FTC and DOJ (the “Agencies”) have issued proposed updates to the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, last revised in 1995. The intervening quarter century...more

Magistrate Judge Love Denies Motion for Summary Judgment as To Defendants’ Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaims Related to...

On August 23, 2016, Magistrate Judge John Love in the Eastern District of Texas denied plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment as to defendants’ affirmative defenses and counterclaims. These defenses and counterclaims related...more

Apportioning for the Standard When Valuing Standards-Essential Patents

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), a national research organization of Australia, recently filed a petition for certiorari with the Supreme Court. CSIRO presents the following question: Is...more

SEP-Based Injunctions: Down But Not Out

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

April 2016: EU Litigation Update

Asserting Standard Essential Patents (SEP) in Europe After the European Court of Justice’s Huawei v. ZTE Decision. In its Huawei v. ZTE decision (C-170/13) of July 16, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) set out a new...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - April 2016

The 2015 Changes to the Federal Rules Matter for Your Patent Case and Tech Business: Getting in the Courthouse Door Just Got Tougher - It used to be that a complaint for patent infringement would survive a motion to...more

Microsoft Antitrust Suit Against InterDigital Stands, Judge Says

On April 13, 2016, the US District Court for the District of Delaware denied InterDigital’s motion to dismiss an antitrust suit filed by Microsoft (Microsoft Mobile, Inc. v. InterDigital, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-723-RGA). In...more

Judge Andrews permits Microsoft’s SEP-based antitrust claims against InterDigital to proceed (Microsoft v. InterDigital)

On April 13th, Judge Andrews in the District of Delaware issued an Order that denied InterDigital’s motion to dismiss Microsoft’s Complaint that alleged violation of antitrust laws based on InterDigital’s enforcement of...more

JFTC Wields Antitrust Law to Enforce FRAND Obligations of Standard Essential Patent

On January 21, 2016, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) published revisions to its guidelines for the Antimonopoly Act (“AMA”). The new guidelines make it a fair trade practice violation for holders of a standard...more

2016: Developments in Intellectual Property Law You Should Know About

This year the IP world will be brimming with changes, the largest of which will take place in the European Union. Sweeping reforms in EU trademark law will be implemented in March as well as the likelihood of the Unitary...more

First German Decisions Applying the ECJ’s Huawei v. ZTE Framework on Injunctions for Standard Essential Patents

Two recent German court decisions address requirements for obtaining injunctions based on standard essential patents (SEPs), applying the rules established by the European Court of Justice in its Huawei v. ZTE decision. The...more

There Is More than One Way to Slice the Apportionment Analysis - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v....

Addressing the application of the smallest salable patent-practicing unit analysis, as well as the impact of a patent’s standards essential status on apportionment and the relevance of prior licenses between the parties, the...more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2016

The Federal Circuit Will Review Appeals from Inter Partes Review Proceedings Under the “Substantial Evidence” Standard - In Merck & Cie v. Gnosis S.p.A., Appeal No. 2014-1779, the Federal Circuit affirmed a PTAB IPR...more

The Internet of Things: Evaluating the Interplay of Interoperability, Industry Standards and Related IP Licensing Approaches

The financial impact of the Internet of Things on the global economy will be significantly affected by interoperability. A 2015 McKinsey Global Institute report indicated that, “[on] average, interoperability is necessary to...more

Alert: Top 10 Antitrust Developments and Trends to Watch in 2016

Attention in the US during 2016 will be on the presidential campaign, and the election in November will bring a change in the "antitrust guard" at the top of the DOJ and FTC – even if a Democrat wins – that will drive the...more

Ericsson And Apple Settle Patent Disputes

Ericsson and Apple reportedly have settled the patent disputes between them, including those involving standard essential patents that were pending in district courts in California and Texas as well as in the U.S....more

“RAND-based Damages Analysis Applies to ALL Standard Essential Patents”

If you read one thing... The Federal Circuit held that its RAND-based damages analysis applies to all standard essential patents, even when there is no RAND commitment by the patent holder....more

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