FTC Commish Warns Of Agency's Risky Agenda On IP Rights

Law360, New York (March 14, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT) -- A Federal Trade Commissioner has criticized the watchdog's efforts to block standard-essential patent holders from seeking injunctions, accusing the agency of pursuing a new, potentially dangerous, agenda on antitrust law and intellectual property rights.

Though the FTC has long treated IP rights the same way it does real property rights, applying the so-called symmetry principle, some more recent speeches, enforcement actions and testimony suggest an impending "wholesale departure" from that school of thought, Commissioner Joshua Wright said Tuesday in a speech at the New York City...
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