The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2019

European Union: IP & Antitrust

It has now been almost four years since the day of the oral hearing in Huawei v ZTE1 on 11 September 2014. On that day the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) courtroom in Luxembourg was packed with a who’s who of competition lawyers from around Europe and beyond to attend the hearing in a landmark case expected to shape the European Union’s competition laws for many years. The stage had been set by advocate general Wathelet’s bold advisory opinion, which had already changed the trajectory of case law in the member states and found keen adopters especially among German judges.2

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