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Snyder: Yates memo could lead to pursuit of top executives

Snyder: Yates memo could lead to pursuit of top executives

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A US Department of Justice directive to charge executives for their roles in corporate crime has emboldened prosecutors to pursue company bosses accused of antitrust wrongdoing even if the government might struggle to make its case, a deputy head of the DoJ’s antitrust division said today. Ron Knox at GCR Live in New York City.

Senior DG Comp official defends merger decisions in innovative sectors

Senior DG Comp official defends merger decisions in innovative sectors

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A head of unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition today said the enforcer has obtained the right outcomes on mergers in innovative sectors, even as facts have changed or turned out to be different to what the competition authority believed. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels

US judge calls ECJ Huawei ruling “second-best”

US judge calls ECJ Huawei ruling “second-best”

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The European Court of Justice’s landmark decision on injunctive relief for standard-essential patent infringement drew a mix of compliments and criticism from Judge Douglas Ginsburg and Judge Carsten Zulch today. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels

Disruptive innovators create competition to define markets, Larouche says

Disruptive innovators create competition to define markets, Larouche says

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A professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands today suggested that the European Commission's antitrust enforcement actions against Microsoft and Intel failed to solve competition problems in those markets and proposed a new model to assess disruptive innovation in competition analyses. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels.

Nokia counsel: SEP implementers increasingly hold out

Nokia counsel: SEP implementers increasingly hold out

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Nokia’s litigation head today said implementers of standard-essential patents have become braver about refusing to pay SEP holders in the last decade. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels.

US and Mexico continue to resist granting compliance credit

US and Mexico continue to resist granting compliance credit

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Renata Hesse, head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division, and Alejandra Palacios Prieto, chair of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission, yesterday made clear that they will not be cutting fines to recognise the existence of strong compliance programmes – but their Canadian counterpart said he may.

JFTC official: companies’ market strategies limit convergence

JFTC official: companies’ market strategies limit convergence

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Competition authorities’ efforts to adopt similar rules can be hamstrung by differing economic realities, a senior official from Japan’s Fair Trade Commission said today. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live in Seoul

In-house counsel argue over effectiveness of IEEE policy

In-house counsel argue over effectiveness of IEEE policy

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The year-old patent policy set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has had anticompetitive effects, a former Federal Trade Commission intellectual property counsel said yesterday. Charles McConnell at GCR Live: IP & Antitrust

US FTC commissioner: patent hold-up hurts consumers

US FTC commissioner: patent hold-up hurts consumers

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Companies have complained to the US antitrust agencies that excessive patent royalty demands prevent them from making certain features available to consumers, Terrell McSweeny of the US Federal Trade Commission said today. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Washington, DC

Sentencing guideline amendment will need outside push

Sentencing guideline amendment will need outside push

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If the antitrust community wants the US Sentencing Commission to consider changing the way prison sentences and corporate penalties for antitrust crimes are calculated, it should let the commission know en masse, a senior sentencing commission official suggested on Tuesday. Ron Knox at GCR Live: Cartels