Coverage

Valletti attacks innovation myths

Valletti attacks innovation myths

13 March 2018

The European Commission’s chief antitrust economist has urged practitioners to stop pushing “myths” about his enforcer’s approach to innovation in merger control. Malina McLennan in Brussels

FCO policy head: high costs to digital underenforcement

FCO policy head: high costs to digital underenforcement

27 March 2018

The “social costs of underenforcement can be very, very high" for cases involving data in the digital sector, the head of policy at Germany’s antitrust watchdog has said.

DG Comp official: Dow/Dupont analysis born from US guidance

DG Comp official: Dow/Dupont analysis born from US guidance

26 March 2018

The case manager on the European Commission’s review of the Dow/DuPont merger has said the enforcer applied principles similar to those in the US antitrust agencies’ guidelines.

Huawei implications spark clash

Huawei implications spark clash

23 March 2018

Qualcomm’s US in-house counsel challenged European lawyers who said competition law remains relevant to patent licensing litigation after UK and EU courts’ recent rulings.

Tommaso Valletti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust

Tommaso Valletti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust

28 March 2018

A transcript of the keynote given by Tommaso Valletti, chief competition economist at European Commission, at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels on 13 March.

Chairs

Paul Lugard

Baker Botts, Brussels

Paul Lugard is a Partner in Baker Botts’ Brussels office, with considerable experience in merger control proceedings, exclusionary conduct, distribution arrangements in the energy and other sectors, technology licensing and matters on the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust law.

Theon van Dijk

E.CA Economics, Brussels

Theon has over 20 years’ experience as an expert on the economics of competition law. He has provided expert economic advice to clients involved in competition law proceedings before the European Commission and competition authorities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Keynote Speaker

Tommaso Valletti

Chief Competition Economist, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Tommaso Valletti is the Chief Competition Economist at DG Competition, European Commission. He is Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School, and also Professor of Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has previously taught at the London School of Economics, Telecom ParisTech/Ecole Polytechnique, and Turin.

Speakers

Riccardo Celli

O'Melveny & Myers, Brussels

Gregory Crawford

Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, Zurich

Thomas Deisenhofer

Head, Unit E4, Merger Control, Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Alexandre De Streel

University of Namur and Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), Brussels

Hans Friederiszick

E.CA Economics, Berlin and Brussels

Patrick Hofkens

Director, IPR Policy, Ericsson, Brussels

Susan Jones

Head Corporate Legal Antitrust, Novartis, Basel

Andrzej Kmiecik

Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels

Martin Köhler

Hoyng Rokh Monegier, Düsseldorf

Birgit Krueger

Head, General Policy Division, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn

Kristina Nordlander

Sidley Austin, Brussels and London

Jeremy Rollison

Director, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft, Brussels

Pat Treacy

Bristows, London

Stephen Weissman

Baker Botts, Washington, DC

Koren Wong-Ervin

Director, Intellectual Property & Competition Policy, Qualcomm, Washington, DC

Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' morning welcome

Paul Lugard, Baker Botts, Brussels
Theon van Dijk, E.CA Economics, Brussels

9.05: Morning keynote address

Tommaso Valletti, Chief Competition Economist, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

9.45: FRAND litigation: Is more EU-wide guidance needed and helpful? 

  • How are national courts deciding on FRAND issues, post-Huawei? What does it mean in practice for IP owners and prospective licensees?
  • What is the role of the Commission? Is more guidance helpful, or necessary?
  • What are the most appropriate licensing models to comply with the Huawei requirements?

Moderator:
Pat Treacy, Bristows, London

Panel:
Riccardo Celli, O'Melveny & Myers, Brussels
Patrick Hofkens, Director, IPR Policy, Ericsson, Brussels
Martin Köhler, Hoyng Rokh Monegier, Düsseldorf
Koren Wong-Ervin, Director, Intellectual Property & Competition Policy, Qualcomm, Washington, DC

11.00: Coffee break 

11.40: Innovation in merger assessment

  • Did DG Competition invent a novel theory of harm of innovation competition in Dow/DuPont?
  • What are potential merger innovation concerns from the early research to final stage development?
  • What methods can be used to assess the impact of mergers on innovation incentives?
  • What role should theoretical models play to assess the impact on innovation?
  • What empirical measures are appropriate? How can patent indicators be used to in merger assessment?

Moderator:
Theon van Dijk, E.CA Economics, Brussels

Panel:
Gregory Crawford, Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, Zurich
Thomas Deisenhofer, Head, Unit E4, Merger Control, Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Susan Jones, Head Corporate Legal Antitrust, Novartis, Basel
Stephen Weissman, Baker Botts, Washington, DC

12.55: Networking lunch 

13.55: Chairs' afternoon welcome

Paul Lugard, Baker Botts, Brussels
Theon van Dijk, E.CA Economics, Brussels

14.00: Competition policy in the digital age

  • How do or should the Commission and other agencies balance competition and IP goals in the digital environment? What are the new theories of harm?
  • Marketplaces, platforms and other new e-commerce environments
  • Big data - to what extent should companies share data sets and algorithms with competitors?
  • Possible implications of the Commission's decision in the Google Search case for third parties

Moderator:
Paul Lugard, Baker Botts, Brussels

Panel:
Hans Friederiszick, E.CA Economics, Berlin and Brussels
Andrzej Kmiecik, Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
Birgit Krueger, Head, General Policy Division, Bundeskartellamt, Bonn
Kristina Nordlander, Sidley Austin, Brussels and London

15.30: Coffee break

16.10: Platforms and IP in the Internet of Things

A business and academic perspective on the importance of data, platforms and intellectual property in a connected society.

Moderator:
Paul Lugard, Baker Botts, Brussels

Panel:
Alexandre De Streel, University of Namur and Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), Brussels
Jeremy Rollison, Director, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft, Brussels

17:00: Chairs' closing remarks

Paul Lugard, Baker Botts, Brussels
Theon van Dijk, E.CA Economics, Brussels

17.10: Close of conference 

Venue

Hotel Amigo, Rue de l'Amigo 1-3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Ticket Prices

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Type Price Until
Super Early €400 26 Jan 2018
Early €500 2 Mar 2018
Standard €900 13 Mar 2018 

 

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