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Antitrust Alert: U.S. Agencies Issue New Antitrust Guidelines for Intellectual Property Licensing

Geoffrey D. Oliver, Warren L. Nachlis, Jones Day Antitrust Alert, January 2017

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A week before the inauguration of a new President, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission released updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property ("IP Licensing Guidelines"), replacing the 1995 IP Licensing Guidelines. The federal antitrust agencies finalized the update after reviewing comments regarding a draft of the updated IP Licensing Guidelines released in August 2016. Although the agencies received numerous comments on multiple topics, the new IP Licensing Guidelines reflect only minor changes from the draft released five months ago.

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