Comment on the Canadian Competition Bureau's Draft Updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

26 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2015

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Joshua D. Wright

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Douglas H. Ginsburg

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Date Written: September 3, 2015

Abstract

This comment is submitted in response to the Canadian Competition Bureau’s (the Bureau’s) draft stage 2 update of its Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (Draft Updated Guidelines). This comment addresses five issues in the Draft Updated Guidelines: (1) product switching in the context of pharmaceutical patents; (2) settlement of patent infringement litigation between competitors, commonly referred to as “reverse-payment settlements”; (3) deceptive failure to disclose patents essential to a standard, commonly referred to as “patent ambush”; (4) reneging on a commitment to license a standard-essential patent (SEP) on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms; and (5) seeking injunctive relief against infringement of a FRAND-encumbered SEP.

Keywords: antitrust, Canadian Competition Bureau, competition, FRAND terms, injunctive relief, Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines, patent ambush, product switching, reverse-payment settlements, standard-essential patent, SEP

JEL Classification: K11, K21

Suggested Citation

Wright, Joshua D. and Ginsburg, Douglas H., Comment on the Canadian Competition Bureau's Draft Updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (September 3, 2015). George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 15-14; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 15-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2655754 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2655754

Joshua D. Wright (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

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Douglas H. Ginsburg

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ( email )

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Washington, DC 20001
United States

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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