Agencies Stress Soundness Of IP, Antitrust Approach

Law360, New York (April 20, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Nearly five years after conducting a series of hearings that addressed the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice on April 17, 2007, issued a much-anticipated joint report entitled "Antitrust Enforcement and Intellectual Property Rights: Promoting Innovation and Competition."

(The report can be found at

The report combines hearing testimony from industries including biotechnology, computer hardware and software, Internet, and pharmaceuticals with scholarship from practitioners and academics to provide a broad update of the agencies' understanding of...
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