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 www.ftc.gov/reports/innovation/P040101PromotingInnovationandCompetitionrpt0704.pdf.)

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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