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At this year’s Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy, hosted by Northwestern’s Searle Center, renowned scholars, policy makers, and industry leaders discussed topics such as exclusive deals, vertical integration, antitrust and healthcare, and innovation. Keynote speaker Carl Shapiro discussed software patents and innovation.
Professor Daniel Sokol, Levin College of Law, shares highlights from his recent participation in two Asia antitrust events: the ABA Antitrust in China program and a conference on antitrust and intellectual property rights with the new China-Korea Market & Regulation Law Center.
Google has announced a plan to sell Motorola to Lenovo for just under three billion dollars. Professor Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University, explains how this business transaction is connected to the Nortel patent bidding war held by a bankruptcy court two years ago.
University of Florida Professor Daniel Sokol sat down with TAP to discuss his interest in antitrust issues, his recent paper on FRAND in China, and his favorite topic he teaches his students.
Law professors D. Daniel Sokol and Wentong Zheng, both of the University of Florida - Levin College of Law, have a new paper out that discusses antitrust-related FRAND issues in China.
Last month’s Sixth Annual Searle Center Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy gathered leading scholars as well as members of major corporations and regulatory bodies, whose research and interests relate to antitrust and competition policy. Topics addressed during the conference included vertical integration, intellectual property, merger analysis and pricing strategies.
Professor James Grimmelmann, University of Maryland, provides excerpts from an article he wrote for Communications of the ACM. This piece comes out of his argument from his paper, “Speech Engines” about how best to think about search engines.
In the wake of the ruling against Apple in the e-book price-fixing case, The Washington Post interviewed Professor Randy Picker, University of Chicago Law School, in order to understand the legal issues in this case and possible implications from the ruling on future antitrust cases.
Law professor James Grimmelmann, University of Maryland, examines the basic components of the Apple ebook antitrust case.
Today (Monday, July 15th, 2013) economics professor Carl Shapiro, UC Berkeley, discusses the recent efforts from the Obama Administration to protect innovators from frivolous litigation brought by patent-assertion entities.
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