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Whither Symmetry? Antitrust Analysis of Intellectual Property Rights at the FTC and DOJ


Joshua D. Wright


Federal Trade Commission; George Mason University School of Law

Douglas H. Ginsburg


George Mason University School of Law

December 10, 2013

Competition Policy International, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 2013, Forthcoming
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-71

Abstract:     
In modern antitrust law, intellectual and other forms of property have been treated symmetrically as a matter of principle. Recent actions by the Federal Trade Commission and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, however, sound a departure from this salutary principle of symmetry. In this paper, we describe and defend the principle against the recent barrage of agency testimony and enforcement actions discouraging holders of standard essential patents from pursuing preliminary injunctions or exclusion orders; arguing that breach of a FRAND commitment constitutes an antitrust violation; and tightening merger review involving standard essential patents.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: ad hoc, asymmetry, contract, copyright, economic theory, empirical data, injunctive relief, inhospitability tradition, IP Guidelines, IPR, licensing, patent, patent pool, patent holdup, per se, presumption, RAND, reasonable and nondiscriminatory, refusal to deal, SEP, SSO, standards setting

JEL Classification: K12, K21, K23, K42, L40

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Date posted: December 11, 2013  

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Wright, Joshua D. and Ginsburg, Douglas H., Whither Symmetry? Antitrust Analysis of Intellectual Property Rights at the FTC and DOJ (December 10, 2013). Competition Policy International, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 2013, Forthcoming; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-71. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2365577

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Joshua D. Wright
Federal Trade Commission ( email )
601 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580
United States
George Mason University School of Law ( email )
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States
Douglas H. Ginsburg (Contact Author)
George Mason University School of Law ( email )
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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