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Past Event
30 March 2010

Avoiding the Antitrust Traps in Licensing Intellectual Property

The licensing of intellectual property can be the lifeblood of many innovating companies. Through the inclusion of price, territorial, bundling and exclusivity restrictions, licensors often try to maximize the revenue earned from their intellectual property licenses. However, these licensing strategies can highlight the underlying tension between intellectual property law, which outlines the space in which competition may be restrained for the benefit of innovation, and antitrust law, which seeks to maximize long-term, overall competition. Ideal revenue maximizing licensing strategies strike the proper balance between effective exploitation of intellectual property rights and the competitive limitations imposed by antitrust law.

Please join us for a 60-minute webinar addressing some of the most common antitrust concerns raised by intellectual property licensing. Through a series of "real-world" examples, partner Gillian Sproul will discuss current trends and issues, including:

  • Licensing intellectual property bundles
  • Issues in cross licensing and patent pools
  • Restrictions on the price of patented goods
  • Territorial restrictions and limitations
  • Licensing of unpatented intellectual property

Each one of these topics will be considered across jurisdictions, with a particular focus on US and EU law.

Gillian Sproul

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