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FTC Takes an In-Depth Look at Patent Assertion Entities

USA - October 26 2016 On October 6, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission released its long-awaited study on Patent Assertion Entities (“PAEs”). A PAE is an entity that...

Adam C. Hemlock, John E. Scribner.

DOJ, FTC Issue Proposed Update of Antitrust-IP Guidelines

USA - August 31 2016 On August 12, 2016, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission released a proposed update of their Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing...

Adam C. Hemlock, John E. Scribner.

Unilateral Refusals to License Intellectual Property

USA - July 8 2016 The antitrust laws generally provide that a firm has no duty to deal with or to aid its competitors. This long-established principle applies equally...

Adam C. Hemlock, John E. Scribner.

Potential Antitrust Implications of Grantbacks

USA - March 29 2016 Grantbacks are a relatively common licensing provision in which patent holders require a licensee to “grant back” certain rights to improvements or...

Adam C. Hemlock, John E. Scribner.