IP-Related Antitrust

Intellectual property frequently provides a competitive advantage to its owner, but increasingly enforcement agencies and private plaintiffs have alleged that some IP arrangements restrain competition in violation of the antitrust laws. Given our large and well-recognized Intellectual Property Department, we have had significant experience in intellectual property licensing questions, particularly questions arising by reason of antitrust laws that have application to the licensing of intellectual property rights. We also litigate and counsel clients regarding patent misuse, bad faith intellectual property enforcement, the acquisition and/or licensing of patents and other intellectual property, and the competitive implications of settling intellectual property disputes.