Technology Transfer Agreements

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U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2014 Special 301 Report

On April 30th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued the 2014 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, the "USTR is fully committed to unlocking opportunity for those Americans to...more

Technology Transfer Agreements: EU Promulgates New Antitrust Rules

The licensing of technology is core to the business model of many companies operating in IP-sensitive industries. Its commercial benefits are myriad. For example, it allows a licensor to take advantage of a licensee’s greater...more

New Technology Transfer Agreements Regime to kick in from 1 May: caution needed for the few areas that have changed

After two public consultations in 2011 and 2013, and reportedly much internal debate, the European Commission’s new regime for the assessment of technology transfer agreements under EU competition law, which was adopted last...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

European Commission Adopts Revised Competition Regime for Technology Transfer Agreements

On 21 March 2014, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a revised set of rules for the assessment of technology transfer agreements by the Commission and national competition authorities. The new Technology Transfer...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

2014 Trends: #5 Top Ten Privacy and Related Ethics & Compliance Issues

Trend number 5 is on the docket today as we move down our list of ethics and compliance trends to watch in 2014. Privacy issues have led the headlines for years but their intersection with ethics and compliance is coming to...more

Five Patenting Lessons Exemplified by Google’s Glucose-Sensing Contact Lenses

Google recently announced on its blog that its “Google-X” laboratory is testing a prototype “smart” contact lens that includes a miniaturized electronic sensor designed to measure glucose level in the wearer’stears. I...more

Brookings Paper Calls for Technology Transfer Model Based on University Start-ups

A paper released by the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution asserts that by relying on a technology transfer model based on patent licensing, only a few universities have been able to generate...more

European Union Antitrust Law and License Agreements: Proposed changes to the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation...

SaChanges afoot - European antitrust law (often referred to as competition law) has tried for several decades to balance patent rights (which, until EU-wide patent rights are implemented, remain inherently...more

Demystifying European Antitrust Law

In the first of a series of WSGR Alerts, the firm's Brussels attorneys outline the European Commission's proposed changes to the antitrust rules on licensing patents, software, know-how, and other intellectual property....more

European Commission Proposes Changes to the Rules Applicable to Technology Licensing

On 20 February 2013, the European Commission launched a public consultation in relation to a draft proposal for a revised block exemption for technology transfer agreements (the proposal). The Commission seeks to improve and...more

Proposed Amendments to the EU Competition Assessment of Technology Transfers

The European Commission (the "Commission") is considering revisions to the rules governing the assessment of technology transfer agreements such as patent licences in advance of the expiry of the existing rules on 30 April...more

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