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Israel refuses antitrust exemption to medical association

Israel refuses antitrust exemption to medical association

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In a rare move, the head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority has blocked an exemption that would have allowed an association of physicians to represent its members in collective negotiations with insurance companies.  

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

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Discussing the European Court of Justice’s decision on injunctive relief available to standard-essential patent holders, Robert O’Donoghue at Brick Court Chambers called the court-imposed procedural obligations in patent negotiations rigid, undemocratic and out of tune with “real world” SEP litigation. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture

DG Comp ends shipping liner investigation

DG Comp ends shipping liner investigation

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Europe’s competition enforcer has agreed commitments with 14 container shipping liner companies to end a controversial investigation into alleged price signalling, in a decision that one source close to the case said will raise “more questions than it answers".

General Court sticks with Cartes Bancaires decision

General Court sticks with Cartes Bancaires decision

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The EU’s General Court again has upheld the European Commission’s Cartes Bancaires decision, despite being ordered by the European Court of Justice to reconsider; the lower court held today that an agreement by a French banking association constituted a by-effect restriction of competition.

South Africa rejects shipping exemption request

South Africa rejects shipping exemption request

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South Africa’s competition enforcer has denied an exemption application brought by a shipping association because the agreements in question did not breach competition laws, even though it advised the agency to bring the application in the first place.

Singapore looks to mirror EU fining guidelines

Singapore looks to mirror EU fining guidelines

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Singapore’s competition watchdog plans to adopt new penalty guidelines, bringing its current sanctions regime in line with those of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition.

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

UK consults on Better Markets Bill

UK consults on Better Markets Bill

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The UK government is consulting on a series of proposals that could quicken the pace of the Competition and Markets Authority’s Phase II investigations and change the composition of its decision-making panel.

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