US DOJ focused on harm to competitive process, not prices, in IP

The ability of standard-essential patent-holders to extract higher royalties when they breach promises to license on fair terms is not necessarily a harm to competition, even if it leads to higher prices for consumers, a counsel to the head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live in Berkeley

Australian court throws out ACCC Pfizer appeal

An Australian federal court has upheld a previous finding that an investigation of Pfizer by the country’s antitrust agency failed to demonstrate abuse of dominance.

Google beats Unlockd attempt to broaden injunction

A UK judge has denied Unlockd’s request for permission to appeal the territorial limits he placed on an injunction that prevents Google from removing Unlockd’s software from the Android application store.

  • Brazil fines salt cartel €67.7 million

    Brazil’s competition enforcer has fined two dozen companies and trade associations for participating in a cartel in the country’s salt market for at least 20 years.

  • CADE consults on new remedies guidelines

    Lawyers in Brazil have praised the country’s antitrust enforcer for publishing new draft guidelines on the use of antitrust remedies, which incorporate best international practices and provide greater certainty to parties when negotiating remedies with the authority.

  • Oxera hires former DG Comp director-general

    Sir Philip Lowe, a former director-general for competition at the European Commission, will join Oxera Consulting as a senior advisor in Brussels on 1 July.

Tronox plans to hike prices, says customer

Chemicals company Tronox expected to raise prices for titanium dioxide after completing the acquisition of a competitor, a purchaser of the product testified in the Federal Trade Commission's administrative court.

Thursday is the new Friday: The Tipline for 24 May 2018

GCR USA is starting its Memorial Day weekend a bit early this evening, but we’ll be back in your inboxes on Tuesday. Look out for coverage of today’s GCR Live IP & Antitrust conference in our briefing from London tomorrow. For now, check out the latest from the Federal Trade Commission’s administrative tribunal.

An interview with Margrethe Vestager

Margrethe Vestager began her five-year term as European commissioner for competition in November 2014. With 18 months remaining, she spoke with Tom Madge-Wyld about falling leniency rates, hotel booking-style cross-border investigations, the need for interim measures and the purpose of her global public relations push.

US DOJ focused on harm to competitive process, not prices, in IP

The ability of standard-essential patent-holders to extract higher royalties when they breach promises to license on fair terms is not necessarily a harm to competition, even if it leads to higher prices for consumers, a counsel to the head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live in Berkeley

Oxera hires former DG Comp director-general

Sir Philip Lowe, a former director-general for competition at the European Commission, will join Oxera Consulting as a senior advisor in Brussels on 1 July.

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