Why FTC's Qualcomm Investigation Is Important

By Joshua Wolson, Dilworth Paxson LLP (May 3, 2017, 12:08 PM EDT) -- America fashions itself as a cradle of innovation. We encourage entrepreneurs and try to provide robust intellectual property protection to encourage inventions and innovations. American inventions and inventors impact the world over, however. Indeed, we live in an interconnected world. Our devices are connected. Our personal networks are interconnected. Increasingly, our legal and regulatory structures are interconnected, as well. This is particularly true when it comes to antitrust enforcement. Multinational companies' business practices are subject to scrutiny in every jurisdiction in which they operate, and conduct in one country can have an impact in another. Most commonly, we think of these overlapping jurisdictional concerns when it comes to merger enforcement, but it is not so limited. Patent licensing practices can also give rise to scrutiny in multiple jurisdictions. Given the interconnected devices that we carry, it should come as no surprise then that antitrust enforcement officials around the world have cause to look at the licensing practices that impact these devices....

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