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Economics professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, examines the effect on competition when shareholders own shares across competing firms.
The 13th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference will cover topics as diverse as the economics of online privacy, competitive effects of regulation, patent troll litigation strategies, and competition in hospital premiums. TAP scholars Jay Pil Choi and James Rebitzer will be participating.
Glen Weyl and his co-author Alexander White challenge much of the conventional completion policy perspectives on platforms in their new paper, “Let the Right ‘One’ Win: Policy Lessons from the New Economics of Platforms.”
The FTC at 100, a George Washington Law Review symposium, examined the Agency’s challenges and successes in the areas of administrative law, competition law, and consumer protection and privacy law.
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.
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