Antitrust Do’s and Don’ts of Technology, Joint Venture, and Acquisitions

December 16, 2015

Technology companies often think that antitrust is only about dominant firms and that they are too small to have to worry about antitrust.

Recent events have shown otherwise—the US Department of Justice (DOJ) forced a company to unwind an acquisition that was too small to be reported, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is requiring the filing of more intellectual property licensing transactions. Additionally, the antitrust agencies have become increasingly active participants in private patent lawsuits involving standard setting.

Join partner Will Tom, former general counsel of the FTC and a principal author of the DOJ’s and FTC’s Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, to discuss the lessons of these events.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding why the government is interested in small technology acquisitions
  • Using the government as an ally in private licensing disputes
  • Limiting how licensees price their products and how customers use patented machines
  • Requiring customers to buy other products or services, or giving discounts based on competitor pricing

For more information or to register, please contact Melissa Frost at +1.650.843.7808 or mfrost@morganlewis.com.

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