DOJ Antitrust Chief Warns Of Patents' Antitrust Risks

Law360, New York (September 21, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT) -- U.S. Department of Justice antitrust chief Joseph Wayland warned Friday that patent holders could run afoul of the watchdog even if they're not enforcing standard-essential patents, saying that trying to force licensees to accept certain kinds of anti-competitive contract terms might spark an antitrust probe.

The acting assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division underlined the agency's interest in the potentially anticompetitive uses of intellectual property beyond the standard-setting realm at the Fordham Competition Law Institute conference in New York, where he said the DOJ is...
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