DOJ To Continue Focus On Standard Setting, No-Poach

Law360, Washington (April 11, 2018, 7:06 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice is continuing to advocate for an enforcement focus on licensees of standard essential patents, is working to improve the effectiveness of consent orders and is also pursuing additional agreements between companies not to compete for employees, agency leadership told antitrust lawyers Wednesday.

Since Makan Delrahim was confirmed as chief of the DOJ’s antitrust division, he and other officials have been talking about taking a different approach when it comes to looking at standard-setting organizations and the licensing of standard-essential patents. Past enforcement efforts have placed scrutiny on patent holders in the groups that refuse to license patents...

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