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On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the American Antitrust Institute hosted its 2016 Invitational Symposium, Non-price Effects And Mergers: A Multidisciplinary Perspective.  The symposim examined the increasing importance of and emphasis on non-price dimensions of competition in merger analysis. This included the effects of a merger on competition involving product quality, variety, service, innovation, etc. Experts from law, economics, and the business schools convened to offer insights on the nature and prospective role of non-price effects in merger analysis, challenges that they pose for antitrust enforcement, and suggested approaches for highlighting and integrating such analysis into enforcement decisions and competition policy.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief with other public interest groups urging the Supreme Court to reverse a decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that unreasonably expands the value of design patents.  The ruling at issue requires that infringers of design patents pay damages in the amount of their total profits on an infringing article (here, smartphones), regardless of whether the design patent contributed to the value of the article, even if the infringement is innocent.

Thomas Horton, Professor of Law and Heidepriem Trail Advocacy Fellow, University of South Dakota School of Law will testify at the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee of Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, hearing on the China element of international antitrust law. Read Professor Horton’s testimony here

In a letter sent today to the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Renata Hesse, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Food & Water Watch (FWW) and National Farmers Union (NFU) urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division to challenge the proposed merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co.

AAI President Diana Moss joined the JDub's Unfiltered podcast to discuss the AB InBev-SAB Miller merger and its potential effects on distribution and craft brewers.  Listen to the podcast.

In a review of North’s Understanding the Process of Economic Change, Bert Foer ponders the New Institutional Economics, the role of culture in antitrust, and the prospects of global antitrust convergence.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) has issued "Non-Price Effects of Mergers: A Primer" authored by Greg Gundlach, AAI Director and Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida..  The primer reviews the complexity of non-price effects of mergers, the significance of the effects, and how the effects are weighed in agencies' merger analysis.

On Thursday, June 16, the AAI will host it's 17th Annual Conference: Living with Market Concentration? New Perspectives on Merger Policy.  The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has granted 5 CLE credits for this program (Course ID: 238018).

The conference will highlight several major and frontier issues in merger enforcement. Northeastern University Professor John Kwoka will discuss the growing challenge of merger remedies from his latest book Mergers, Merger Control, and Remedies (MIT Press).  Penn State Law Professor Beth Farmer will moderate the afternoon plenary panel on mergers with international dimensions. Breakout sessions will focus on critical, evolving, and innovative issues, such as the role of economics in antitrust analysis, defining markets around customers and channels, competitive effects and bargaining power, private merger litigation, and broadening the lens on merger review. 

Register today to take advantage of the early bird registration discount which ends May 16. 

Today, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) released the patent chapter of its forthcoming Transition Report on Competition Policy to the 45th President of the United States. The chapter is entitled Challenging Anticompetitive Acquisitions and Enforcement of Patents.  This release is the third in a series of previews in which the AAI will make select chapters of the transition report available for download in advance of the November election. 

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief with a group of law professors urging the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and reverse a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision that sharply restricts the patent exhaustion doctrine.

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