21st Century Hearings: Constitution Center October 23-24 #FTC-2018-0090-D-0005

Submission Number:
FTC-2018-0090-D-0005
Commenter:
Tyler Phelps
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
21st Century Hearings: Constitution Center October 23-24
This Comment is submitted in relation to the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. Specifically, we address the United States Supreme Courts holding in FTC v. Actavis, Inc. that reverse-payment settlements should be analyzed under the rule of reason. The Court also held that since a full rule of reason analysis is costly and difficult, the size of the settlement may be used a proxy. The idea is that, if a settlement is greater than the potential litigation costs, then this is an indicator of a weak patent, or an attempt by the patent holder to exclude competitionin sum, it indicates that consumer welfare has decreased. We submit this comment based upon our extensive experience and expertise in antitrust law and economics.