FTC/DOJ Hearings Continue to Highlight the Intersection of Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law and Policy

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The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division today announced topics, times, locations, and participants for the May 14, 22, and 23, 2002 sessions of their joint hearings on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy." These sessions continue the agencies' inquiry into the implications of competition and patent law and policy for innovation and other aspects of consumer welfare by focusing on specific licensing practices, practical issues encountered in antitrust analysis of licensing practices, and an international comparative competition law perspective on intellectual property licensing practices.

The sessions that will take place on May 14 and 22 will be held at the Department of Justice's Main Building in Washington D.C. Notice of intent to attend the hearings and your date of birth must be given to the Department at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing date. Provide this information to Kathleen Leicht of the Antitrust Division via e-mail at kathleen.leicht@usdoj.gov, or telephone at (202) 514-7018. Interested persons will not be admitted to the Main Justice Building without advance notice. Visitors must enter the Main Building at the 950 Pennsylvania Avenue entrance and are required to show two forms of identification, one of which must contain a photograph. Please allow sufficient time to permit getting through the security procedures.

The May 23 session will be held at the Federal Trade Commission, Room 432. (Advance notice of intention to attend sessions held at the FTC is not required.)

Written comments from interested parties may be submitted to the FTC. Mail six copies of each submission to: Donald S. Clark, Office of the Secretary, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 and e-mail an electronic copy of the submission to competitionandintellectualproperty@ftc.gov.

Available information for hearing sessions scheduled for May follows below.

May 14

Antitrust Analysis of Licensing Practices
(Great Hall, Department of Justice Main Building)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Antitrust Analysis of Specific Intellectual Property Licensing Practices: Bundling, Grantbacks and Temporal Extensions

Rebecca P. Dick, Of Counsel, Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP, Washington, DC
Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics and Chair of the Competition Policy Center, UC Berkeley
Jonathan M. Jacobson, Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
Abbott "Tad" Lipsky, Jr., Partner, Latham & Watkins, Washington, D.C.
David S. Sibley, John Michael Stuart Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin
J. Gregory Sidak, F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics Emeritus, American Enterprise Institute
Gregory Vistnes, Vice President, Charles River Associates

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Practical Issues Encountered in Antitrust Analysis of Licensing Practices: The Problem of Dealing With Uncertain or Disputed Patent Rights

Molly S. Boast, Partner, Debevoise and Plimpton
Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, and Chair, Competition Policy Center
Salem M. Katsh, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Joseph Kattan, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Joseph Scott Miller, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School
A. Douglas Melamed, Partner, Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering
M.J. Moltenbrey, former Director of Civil Non-Merger Enforcement, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
Gregory Vistnes, Vice President, Charles River Associates

May 22

An International Comparative Law Perspective
on the Relationship Between Competition and Intellectual Property, Part I
(Great Hall, Department of Justice Main Building)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Refusals To License and Compulsory Licensing in the European Union, Canada, and Australia

Gwillym Allen, Senior Economist & Strategic Policy Advisor, Competition Policy Branch, Canadian Competition Bureau
Steven D. Anderman, Professor of Law, Department of Law, Essex University, United Kingdom
Henry Ergas, Managing Director, Network Economics Consulting Group, Australia
Ian Forrester, Executive Partner, White & Case LLP, Brussels
David W. Hull, Partner, Covington & Burling, Brussels
John Temple Lang, Counsel, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Brussels
Patrick Rey, Professor of Economics, University of Toulouse, France, and Research Director, Institut d'Economie Industrielle
James S. Venit, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Brussels

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Licensing in the European Union: The Technology Transfer Block Exemption and Agreements That Fall Outside its Scope

Peter Alexiadis, Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Brussels
Fiona Carlin, Local Partner, European Law Center, Baker & McKenzie, London
Yee Wah Chin, Senior Counsel, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Maurits Dolmans, Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Brussels
Mark D. Janis, Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
James Leavy, Member, Serra, Leavy & Cazals
Kirtikumar Mehta, Director, DG COMP/A, European Commission
Willard K. Tom, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

May 23

An International Comparative Law Perspective
on the Relationship Between Competition and Intellectual Property, Part II
(Federal Trade Commission, Room 432)

9:30 - 11:45 a.m. Asian Perspectives

Henry Ergas, Managing Director, Network Economics Consulting Group
Eleanor M. Fox, Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation, New York University School of Law
H. Stephen Harris, Jr., Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
Karl F. Jorda, David Rines Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Industrial Innovation, Franklin Pierce Law Center
Byungbae Kim, Competition Policy Counselor/Director General, Korean Fair Trade Commission
Masayuki Koyanagi, Director, Institute of Intellectual Property
Abbott "Tad" Lipsky, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Joshua Newberg, Professor, Assistant Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
James Rill, Partner, Howrey & Simon
Toshiaki Tada, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Further information about these and subsequent hearings, expected to extend through June, will be posted on the Antitrust Division's web site www.usdoj.gov/atr/hearing.htm and the FTC's web site www.ftc.gov/opp/intellect/index.htm as it becomes available.

Contact Information

MEDIA CONTACT:
Cathy MacFarlane
Office of Public Affairs
FTC 202-326-3657

Gina Talamona
Office of Public Affairs, DOJ
202-514-2007
STAFF CONTACT:
Susan DeSanti
Office of the General Counsel
FTC 202-326-2167

Frances Marshall
Antitrust Division, DOJ
202-305-2520