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ABA, Stanford to co-sponsor Antitrust and Intellectual Property Conference on Oct. 10


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ABA, Stanford to co-sponsor Antitrust and Intellectual Property Conference on Oct. 10

By Irma Romero

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 1, 2013 — The American Bar Association Sections of Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Law and Stanford Law School will co-sponsor the biennial Antitrust and Intellectual Property Conference on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Stanford Law School in California.


The one-day program features enforcement officials and leading experts who will explore key issues and risks related to patent aggregation, standard essential patents and other issues inherent in the enforcement of intellectual property rights.      

The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. 

Program highlights include: 

“Keynote — Antitrust Ascends in 2013” — Professor Mark A. Lemley, Stanford Law School, addresses this watershed year, whether antitrust and intellectual property rights can coexist and what’s coming next.
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. 

“A Conversation with the Enforcers” — Top officials will discuss current initiatives and enforcement agendas for IP/antitrust at their agencies. Speakers include William J. Baer, assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division; Julie S. Brill, commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission; and Kathleen E. Foote, senior assistant attorney general at the California Department of Justice.
12:45 – 2 p.m. 

“Enforcing IP Rights and Defending Business Practices at Home and Abroad” — Enforcement regimes around the world are dealing with how to manage the IP/antitrust interface. Domestic and European practitioners and enforcers will compare the approaches of various global enforcement agencies. The panel will be moderated by Elizabeth F. Kraus, the FTC’s deputy director for international antitrust.
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. 

“Anti-Social Media? Existence and Exercise of Market Power in Social Networking Platforms” — This panel will consider and discuss, in the context of a hypothetical litigation matter, questions such as: At what point does a social media platform’s success confer market power? What technologies should be considered plausible substitutes? How should courts define relevant markets in the social media context?
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

“Surviving Merger Review Involving Strategic IP” — Panelists will consider some of the complications that patents bring to the analysis of prospective mergers and acquisitions, including market definition challenges, acquisition of patent portfolios, acquisitions involving nonpracticing entities and factors that determine whether agencies will seek divestiture. Among the panelists are Renata B. Hesse, deputy assistant attorney general at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, and Greg Sivinski, assistant general counsel for Microsoft Corp.
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. 

What:   Antitrust and Intellectual Property Conference 

When:  Oct. 10 

Where: Stanford University Law School
             559 Nathan Abbott Way
             Stanford, CA 934305

A complete agenda can be found online

For media credentialing, please contact Ali Cybulski at This event is open to members of the press. 

With more than 8,000 members, the ABA Section of Antitrust Law is the leading national forum for ongoing analysis of policies and developments affecting competition and consumer protection law. 

The 25,000-member ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law provides the highest quality information, analysis and practice tools to intellectual property lawyers, and serves as the thoughtful source of information and commentary for policymakers as they consider legislation affecting the law and regulations in intellectual property matters. The section is respected and known as the premier resource for knowledge in this increasingly important and complex area of law.

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