Wright Says Antitrust Agencies Should Stay Out Of SEP Fights

Law360, New York (September 12, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission's Joshua Wright cautioned Thursday that antitrust enforcers should keep their involvement in standard-setting and standard-essential patent disputes to a minimum, saying competition law should only intervene when companies have abused or manipulated the process.

Despite the recent efforts by the FTC, U.S. Department of Justice and others to shape the policies of standard setting organizations and penalize companies seeking to use SEPs to block rivals from the market, Commissioner Wright said that there was no evidence to show that antitrust law applied...
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