Antitrust & Competition Law

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Our antitrust and competition law lawyers have extensive legal experience with technology-driven issues, including the overlap among technology, intellectual property, and competition issues, across the United States, Europe, and other international arenas. We routinely counsel major corporate clients on issues of bilateral patent licensing, and on cutting-edge issues of competitor collaborations involving intellectual property, in the context of multi-lateral licensing and standards setting. In addition, on a daily basis we both counsel clients and litigate antitrust and IP claims in federal courts, with respect to issues such as Walker Process claims based on fraud on the United States Patent and Trademark Office and sham litigation challenges to Noerr-Pennington protection.

Our deep bench in this focus area is the result of years of hands-on experience with the specific legal and business issues raised by the acquisition, licensing and use of intellectual property rights. We have the experience and knowledge required to integrate technical considerations into our legal analysis, and to understand the high-level competition and intellectual property concerns that tend to drive outcomes where, as here, the law often is more frequently made through formal and informal guidance than through litigated cases.

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NBA Star Zion Williamson Secures Wins on the Basketball Court and in the Courtroom, After Defeating Claims of Trade Secret Misappropriation (August 9, 2022). Authors: Emily Tucker and Astor Heaven.
What the DOJ Annual Reports Reveal About Federal Trade Secret and IP Protection Efforts (July 20, 2022). Authors: Jacob Canter and Warrington Parker.
No Non-Compete? No Problem. Texas Court Grants TRO Forcing Former Employees to Stop Working for Competing Business. (July 8, 2022). Authors: Andrew M. Spitzer and Warrington Parker.
Restrictive Covenants in the First Circuit (June 28, 2022). Authors: Eric Moss and Vincent J. Galluzzo.
Second Circuit Reminds Practitioners That A Plausible Claim for Trade Secret Misappropriation Must Detail the Reasonable Measures Used to Protect the Alleged Secret (June 21, 2022). Authors: Anna Z. Saber and Brad Lane.
In the bag (for now): Herm├Ęs survives motion to dismiss in MetaBirkin NFT lawsuit (May 31, 2022). Authors: Preetha Chakrabarti, Suzanne Trivette and Risa Rahman.
Analysis: The Rise In US International Trade Commission Unfair Import Investigations Global Trade Review (May 12, 2022)
Press Coverage
Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements; Recent Input from the DOJ (March 22, 2022). Authors: Michelle Chipetine and Christopher J. Banks.
"Selected IP/IT Topics in a Digital Environment," Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 24, 2022). Speakers: Kristof Roox, Jan-Diederik Lindemans, Sari Depreeuw, Maarten Stassen.
AbbVie Turns Next to the U.S. International Trade Commission in Trade Secret Row (December 22, 2021). Authors: Joshua Pond and Jacob Canter.

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