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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.
With the announcement of Apple’s iOS7, Professor Joshua Gans, with Rotman School of Management, examines Apple’s relationship with the app developer community.
Several TAP scholars are participating this weekend in the 11th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference. Hosted by the International Industrial Organization, the 3-day conference will cover topics ranging from technology and information, access regulation and net neutrality, and search behavior to vertical contracts in high-tech industries, the effects of intellectual property policy, and the economic impacts of innovation.
Economist and law professor Howard Shelanski is nominated by President Obama to a White House position charged with reviewing the regulations that are proposed by government departments. In an interview with The Antitrust Source, Professor Shelanski discusses his thoughts on patent reform, innovation and antitrust policy.
Professor Daniel Sokol has recently published a paper about merger control in China and the outcomes under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML). "Merger Control Under China's Anti-Monopoly Law" explores the factors that drive merger outcomes under China's AML.
The major antitrust news from earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) announcement that it has ended a nearly two-year investigation into Google's search and mobile business practices and declined to press antitrust charges continues to garner debate in technology sectors. TAP scholars share their expertise and thoughts on this intensely debated decision.
TAP scholars James Grimmelmann, Frank Pasquale, Eric Goldman, and Geoffrey Manne share their thoughts on the Federal Trade Commission’s announcement that it has completed a nearly two-year investigation into Google's business practices.
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Fact Sheets

Global Antitrust (Competition)

The laws that set the ground rules prohibiting firms from engaging in anti-competitive practices are usually called “antitrust laws” in the United States, and “competition laws” in Europe and other regions. These laws differ among nations, and each country enforces its laws independently.

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E.U. Takes Aim at Big Tech’s Power with Landmark Digital Act

“It is possible that even the U.S. Congress will now conclude that they are done watching from the sidelines when the E.U. regulates U.S. tech companies and will move from talking about legislative reform to actually legislating.” — Anu Bradford, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Anu Bradford
The New York Times
March 24, 2022

Featured Article

Tech Dominance and the Policeman at the Elbow

Over time, dominant tech firms like IBM have been displaced by rivals. Antitrust enforcement spurred changes to IBM’s behavior that enabled the rise of a competitive software and computer industry.

By: Tim Wu