UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society CPD course on
Innovation, Competition Law and IP Rights
A 16 hour CPD course
by Professor Herbert Hovenkamp, University of Iowa School of Law and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
on 12 - 13 June and 18 & 19 June 2013, from 2 - 6.30pm
Each of the four sessions will run from 2pm and end at 6.30pm, with a 30 minute break at 4pm.
About the course
The course will delve into the interaction between competition law and intellectual property rights. In the modern knowledge economy undertakings develop a number of strategies to expand their IP rights portfolio and achieve competitive advantages of any sort by employing their IP rights portfolios in order to harm their competitors or as money exchange in IP related transactions. Competition law and IP law disputes are interconnected, as recent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector and the recent patent wars in the IT sector illustrate.
The course will analyze the value of competition law in addressing a variety of practices in innovation-intensive markets, including interconnection in networks, duties to deal, the licensing and distribution of IP rights (standard setting organizations, patent pools), reverse settlements, adopted by firms active in the manufacturing and delivery of services or non-practising entities, drawing from examples in EU and US law.
The course will also consider the uses and limitations of competition law and policy as a vehicle for promoting innovation and will examine realistic reforms that can be undertaken in IP law and competition law in order to achieve this objective.
The course will aim to examine the interaction between competition law and IP law in various sectors of the economy and the practical implications of that interaction for a number of commercial practices.
The course is accredited with 16 CPD hours by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. It also constitutes relevant CPD for IPReg.
Wednesday 12 June
Seminar 1: Unreasonable Patent Practices and Other IP Exclusions
(including anticompetitive abuses of the patent system, refusal to license, restraints on innovation, nonuse, patent aggregators and other non-practicing entities; exclusion by innovation; patent settlements, including pay-for-delay)
Thursday 13 June:
Seminar 2: Tying, Interoperability, and Related Issues
(including patent ties, price discrimination, interoperability requirements, package licensing, blanket licensing)
Tuesday 18 June
Seminar 3: Innovation Policy and the Innovation Commons
(including patent pools and cross licensing, open source practices, standard setting and other forms of technology sharing, FRAND licensing obligations and remedies, price fixing and horizontal market restraints, joint ventures)
Wednesday 19 June
Seminar 4: The First Sale Doctrine, Royalty Extensions, and other Downstream Restraints
(including the first sale doctrine in patent and copyright; resale price maintenance of IP protected goods, vertical territorial limitations, reach-through licenses, and unreasonable royalty extensions)
About the course tutor
Professor Herbert Hovenkamp is the Ben and Dorothy Willie Chair at the University of Iowa School of Law since 1986. Professor Hovenkamp has taught Antitrust, Antitrust & Economics, Law in American History, Torts, IP Survey, Introduction to Intellectual Property, and Real Property. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been the Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, Harvard Law School; Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard Law School; Faculty Scholar, University of Iowa; Presidential Lecturer, University of Iowa; and has been the recipient of the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award.
In 2008 Professor Hovenkamp received the John Sherman Award from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. The award is presented approximately once every three years to “a person or persons for their outstanding achievement in antitrust law, contributing to the protection of American consumers and to the preservation of economic liberty.”
Professor Hovenkamp’s publications include some 100 articles and approximately 50 essays and book reviews, as well as a dozen books. Of these, Enterprise and American Law, 1800-1860 (1991) received the Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association; and Science and Religion in America: 1800-1860 (1978) received the Choice Award. He is the senior surviving author of Antitrust Law (formerly with Phillip Areeda & Donald Turner), currently 22 volumes and the co-author of the two volumes treatise IP and Antitrust: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles Applied to Intellectual Property Law (with Mark D. Janis, Mark A. Lemley and Christopher R. Leslie).
His most recent books are Creation Without Restraint: Promoting Liberty and Rivalry in Innovation (with Christina Bohannan, 2012), and The Making of Competition Policy: Legal and Economic Sources (with Daniel A. Crane, 2013). He has forthcoming The Opening of American Law: Neoclassical Legal Thought, 1870-1970 (2014).
If you wish to cancel your order for the course your cancellation must be received in writing no later than 14 days before the start of the course. If we receive your cancellation no later than 14 days before the start of the course we will refund any amount you have paid to us for the course less an administration charge of 20%. No refunds will be made for cancellations made by you within 14 days of the conference date.
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