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Global licence offer was FRAND, English court rules for Unwired Planet

Global licence offer was FRAND, English court rules for Unwired Planet

23 October 2018

An English appeals court has ruled that Unwired Planet did not abuse its dominance in seeking an injunction against Huawei’s use of its standard-essential patents, and held that the conditions laid out in the European Court of Justice’s Huawei/ZTE judgment were not mandatory obligations on patent holders.

France to publish merger regime recommendations in “next few weeks”

France to publish merger regime recommendations in “next few weeks”

23 October 2018

The head of France’s antitrust enforcer has reiterated concerns about the use of deal value merger notification thresholds, but stopped short of confirming her agency’s support for an ex post assessment model instead.

Malaysia appoints new chief executive and chair at MyCC

Malaysia appoints new chief executive and chair at MyCC

23 October 2018

The Malaysian government has appointed a new chief executive at the country’s competition enforcer, three weeks after it installed a new chair at the same authority.

Linde/Praxair wins conditional approval in US

Linde/Praxair wins conditional approval in US

22 October 2018

The US Federal Trade Commission has approved Linde’s proposed merger of equals with Praxair, subject to divestitures across multiple lines of business in several US regions – the last competition clearance needed for the industrial gas deal to close.

Google to charge up to $40 for app store

Google to charge up to $40 for app store

22 October 2018

Google will reportedly charge the manufacturers of smartphones sold in Europe as much as $40 for access to its app store without also including search and browser apps, as the company’s method of complying with an order by the European Commission.

Uber challenges Singapore fine

Uber challenges Singapore fine

22 October 2018

Uber has appealed against a fine handed down by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore relating to the acquisition of its southeast Asian business by rival Grab, but the latter has decided not to join that challenge.

Banking code not exempt from antitrust scrutiny in Hong Kong

Banking code not exempt from antitrust scrutiny in Hong Kong

22 October 2018

Hong Kong’s banking code is not immune from antitrust scrutiny, but no plan currently exists to investigate or bring enforcement proceedings against any companies for complying with it, the country’s Competition Commission has said.

Peruvian government files price fixing complaint

Peruvian government files price fixing complaint

22 October 2018

Peru’s government has urged the country’s competition watchdog to examine alleged price fixing in the healthcare sector, but one lawyer has questioned the publicising of the complaint before the enforcer has had a chance to investigate.

Canada shuts door on auto parts probe

Canada shuts door on auto parts probe

22 October 2018

Canada’s antitrust watchdog has accepted a 13th and final guilty plea in its near-decade-long international cartel investigation into auto parts suppliers.

EU unfairly allocated heat stabiliser cartel fine, General Court rules

EU unfairly allocated heat stabiliser cartel fine, General Court rules

19 October 2018

The European General Court has overturned a decision by the European Commission reconfirming fines it previously imposed on a member of the heat stabiliser cartel, after finding that the enforcer treated the company unequally.