DOJ, FTC: IP Practices Can Be Pro-Competitive

Law360, New York (April 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Although significant questions are raised when antitrust and intellectual property laws intersect, IP practices can be pro-competitive, said a long-awaited joint report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

The report, entitled “Antitrust Enforcement and Intellectual Property Rights: Promoting Innovation and Competition,” went into detail about IP practices that raise competition questions, including refusing to license a patent, collaboratively setting industry standards, patent pools and cross licensing agreements, restrictions of IP licenses, tying and bundling IP, and practices that...
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