Distribution, Competition, and Antitrust / IP Law

Archives for February 2013

“Mavericks, Monopolies and Beer”

 

Anheuser-Busch pioneered the use of refrigerat...

Anheuser-Busch pioneered the use of refrigerated railroad cars for transporting beer to a national market. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NPR’s Planet Money team had a nice story/podcast last week on the Anheuser-Busch / Grupo Modelo deal and DOJ’s efforts to block it.  Available here.

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Speaking on the Nine Potential Patent Licensing “No-Nos”

On March 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, I’ll be speaking at a Licensing Executives Society webinar on the nine patent licensing no-nos.  You can find more information about the webinar here.

Readers of this blog will know that I recently wrote a series of posts on this topic.

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A Record “Flurry” of Antitrust Suits

According to this Bloomberg article, the DOJ’s recent suit to block Anheuser-Busch’s proposed takeover of Grupo Modelo SAB is the seventh civil DOJ antitrust case currently in litigation — the most ever at one time. As reported by Bloomberg:

“It represents an attitude of more skepticism of the efficiency benefits of merging that are often claimed by the parties in the transaction,” said John Connor, a professor of industrial economics at Purdue University. “There’s been a greater willingness to challenge mergers than there was” in the administration of former President George W. Bush.

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