Distinguishing Product Innovation from Predation: An Examination of U.S. and EU Antitrust Laws
12 PM EST
Technological innovation, such as product improvements, can play an important role in promoting economic growth, lowering costs, and creating jobs. But how should antitrust law evaluate a design change to a product that does not appear to be a genuine improvement and may harm rivals or diminish competition between the original product and competitors? What if the design change is an improvement, but a claim is made that the harm to competition outweighs the benefits? What is the proper standard for condemning anticompetitive "innovation"? What evidence is most probative? Are regulators and courts properly equipped to analyze product design? This panel will tackle these questions from the perspectives of U.S. and European antitrust laws.
* Michael J. Lawrence, Google Inc.
* Susan Creighton, Wilson Sonsini (DC)
* Richard Gilbert, UC Berkeley
* Marleen Van Kerckhove, Arnold & Porter (Brussels)
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