Essential Patent Import Bans Should Be Rare, FTC Head Says
By Melissa Lipman
Law360, New York (July 10, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz told Law360 that companies should be allowed injunctions based on standard-essential patents only in "rare" circumstances and suggested that Congress may have to take action if the U.S. International Trade Commission allows companies to win import bans that could hurt competition.
The chairman stopped short of saying that companies should never be allowed to keep rivals from importing or selling products once they've agreed to license their patents on fair and reasonable terms. But in an interview with Law360 on...