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E.U. Relaxes Antitrust Policing With New IP Licensing Rules

Law360 (April 8, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission has adopted new rules for the licensing of patents, know-how and software copyright rules in an effort to reduce bureaucracy, the European Union’s executive body said Wednesday.

The new policy is part of the fundamental reform of the enforcement rules for antitrust which will come into force on May 1, according to the European Union.

Under the new policy, more licensing agreements will benefit from a regulatory safe harbor, shielding them from individual antitrust scrutiny, the European Commission said.

However, these safe harbor...
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