EU Tackling Patent Ambushes With Antitrust Tools

Law360, New York (June 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Having shifted its attention to the claims against Rambus Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. in the last year, the European Commission has shown a clear interest in using antitrust law to crack down on unfair licensing fees, patent ambushing and patent trolling.

The regulator’s ruling on these high-profile cases could answer questions about where the line is between anti-competitive behavior and the rightful protection of one’s patents.

In a speech earlier this summer, EC Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes expressed concerns about the increasing misuse of patent rights...
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