GCR Live

Vertical enforcement shifts not tied to politics, former US DOJ head says

Vertical enforcement shifts not tied to politics, former US DOJ head says

13 June 2018

Ebbs and flows in the US enforcement of vertical competition concerns somewhat correlate to the political party in charge of the executive branch, but they are not determined by politics, the former acting head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

DG Comp official: innovation analysis demands more caution than price

DG Comp official: innovation analysis demands more caution than price

11 June 2018

Enforcers must be careful when they analyse mergers for innovation concerns, because current market shares are not such a good predictor of what competition for research and development will look like, the case manager on the European Commission’s review of Dow/DuPont and Bayer/Monsanto has said.

Data investment could be deterred by enforcement

Data investment could be deterred by enforcement

07 June 2018

The second-highest official at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said that investment in data collection could be chilled by obligations to share the data, but a lawyer for Google complainants has scoffed at the concern.

Innovation analysis lacks reliable presumptions, says US DOJ deputy

Innovation analysis lacks reliable presumptions, says US DOJ deputy

07 June 2018

The principal deputy assistant attorney general at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has identified a lack of good presumptions on which to rely when analysing and measuring innovation in merger reviews.

Last chance to buy early-bird tickets for GCR Live New York

30 May 2018

US Department of Justice principal deputy assistant attorney general Andrew Finch and Federal Trade Commission bureau of competition director Bruce Hoffman will give keynote speeches at GCR Live’s 6th Annual New York conference next week.

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

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

25 May 2018

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.

State aid official denies bias against US companies

State aid official denies bias against US companies

21 May 2018

A European Commission official has said the enforcer’s fiscal state aid policy is not biased against US-based technology companies, pointing to the majority of cases that do not concern such companies.

DG Comp official: fairness is a consequence, not a goal

DG Comp official: fairness is a consequence, not a goal

21 May 2018

Fairness should be viewed as a consequence rather than an objective of competition enforcement, an EU official has said in response to criticism of fairness as an enforcement benchmark.

US DOJ counsel kicks off GCR Live IP in California

10 May 2018

William Rinner, counsel to the head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division, will give the keynote address at GCR Live’s second annual intellectual property and antitrust conference in California.

US FTC official warns against conflating antitrust and privacy

04 May 2018

Counsel for international antitrust at the US Federal Trade Commission has said enforcers “should not conflate” data privacy with competition issues, but dismissed suggestions the FTC does not take privacy concerns related to mergers seriously.