Behind the Qualcomm fines

Qualcomm’s share of the myriad patented technologies that go into wireless devices – particularly mobile handsets – has put the company at the heart of the intersection between intellectual property and antitrust. Charles McConnell, Julie Jackson and Kaela Cote-Stemmermann focus on the US chipmaker’s legal woes in Asia.

06 February 2019

Year in preview: Antitrust in Africa’s growing economies

At the start of 2018, the World Bank forecasted Africa to have six out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies. Yet competition policy is still in its infancy in many of these emerging economies – which means they may be bucking the standard advice of antitrust enforcement as a means of achieving faster economic growth.

05 February 2019

Year in Preview: South Africa awaits new competition act

Much has been written about controversial new changes to South Africa’s competition law, but in 2019 the country will see how those unprecedented amendments begin to affect enforcement.

31 January 2019

Year in Preview: UK to enter digital platform debate

In 2018, the UK government commissioned an expert panel to examine if powerful digital platforms pose a threat to consumers and competition. This year, the panel will try to provide an answer.

30 January 2019

Year in preview: Chinese antitrust enforcement and the US trade war

By far one of the most dominant story lines in 2018 was the increased trade tension between the world’s two largest economies – the US and China.

28 January 2019

Year in preview: the shadow of Brexit

Regardless of whether the UK leaves the European Union in 2019, with or without a departure agreement, the prospect of Brexit will continue to have a significant effect on the UK’s competition regime.

24 January 2019

Year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

At the end of 2018, the European Commission approved two mergers at Phase I that the companies had notified to the enforcer several months earlier – but had then withdrawn and re-filed. Observers say the tactic, a standard option in US merger practice, is becoming more common in the EU to avoid costly Phase II reviews.

17 January 2019

Choices, challenges and collaboration at Norway’s Competition Authority

With a new Nordic Cooperation Agreement slowly ushering in renewed collaboration among Scandinavian antitrust enforcers, GCR spoke to the head of Norway’s Competition Authority about tough choices, challenges and how the enforcer is tackling its leniency problem.

11 January 2019

The copyright killer

Antitrust agencies see copyright protection as a key driver of a competitive, innovative economy. But musicians, record labels and other copyright holders say that Google degrades their intellectual property rights through a combination of market power, regulatory capture and political sway. Should antitrust enforcers step in? Ron Knox reports

11 January 2019

The antitrust damages directive: four years on

Today marks four years since the EU antitrust damages directive was signed into law. After years of discussion, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union intended Directive 2014/104 to make it easier for businesses and consumers to claim compensation for overcharges caused by infringements of competition law.

26 November 2018

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