JFTC Shines Light On Anti-Competitive IP Practices

Law360, New York (October 4, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Japan's chief regulator of competition has established new guidelines designed to shed light on when intellectual property restrictions on use cross the line and become illegal restraints on competition.

On Sept. 28, Japan's Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) unveiled its “Guidelines for the Use of Intellectual Property under the Antimonopoly Act."

The paper attempts to set general parameters for when enforcement of patents and other stamps of intellectual-property ownership go too far and run afoul of Japan's main antitrust law, the Antimonopoly Act.

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