731-tech-antitrust-181×135.gifWith billions of dollars at stake as global business practices are scrutinized in the United States, the EU, and Asia, the challenges and consequences could not be greater for high-tech companies. The competition issues raised require detailed analysis of fast-moving areas of technology, such as the Internet, computer software and hardware, platform competition and technology standards.

Now, gain practical guidance on how to combat the threat of the costly, high-profile anti-competitive allegations and litigation facing innovation driven companies today at the American Conference Institute’s Summit on Technology Antitrust Law:  Avoiding and Protecting Against Anti-competitive Conduct in the Global Economy to be held Monday, January 26, 2009 to Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco , San Francisco, California.

Counsel from the companies on the front line in the most closely watched recent antitrust cases will show you how to:

  • ANALYZE whether partnerships can be viewed as inhibiting competition
  • AVOID claims relating to product “tying” and “bundling”
  • IDENTIFY problematic licensing provisions
  • RESPOND to government inquiries and react to actions by competitors
  • OVERCOME the challenges raised by participating in standard-setting
  • NAVIGATE varying international attitudes towards particular business practices and prepare for the new regulations in China

Government enforcers are raising difficult questions relating to exclusionary conduct, predatory design, bundling, software integration, and technological tying, and things are further complicated by the different approaches taken in the U.S. and by the European Commission. Tech companies must also be increasingly aware of activities taken by Asian regulators including the Korean Fair Trade Commission, and comply with the new anti-monopoly law in China.

Many pitfalls must be avoided, particularly when engaging in joint ventures and strategic licensing. When technology companies consider opportunities for IP licensing, negotiating alliances, and participating in standard-setting, there are evolving antitrust implications that must be navigated from a global perspective. And in trying to anticipate how antitrust principles will be applied to developing technologies, it is difficult to estimate how key factors such as market share and dominance will be calculated.

At ACI’s Summit on Technology Antitrust Law, people who have been on the front line of this recent onslaught of scrutiny will explain where the greatest risks are, and what they are doing to protect their companies. You will meet people from the companies that have been in the headlines, and learn from their experiences. Speakers from the EU and from Asia will share their critical knowledge of diverging international enforcement priorities and regulations.

Officials from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice will provide invaluable feedback on the matters that are looked at most critically by government enforcers and regulators. With the new administration in Washington, the new law in China and the increase in global enforcement, Technology Antitrust Law will be the best opportunity to learn where things are heading from the people who successfully navigate through this complex area.

In addition, an Interactive Master Class on Applying Divergent International Antitrust Standards will be held Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To register call 1-888-224-2480, or fax your registration form to 1-877-927-1563, or register online here.

Patent Baristas is a Media Partner for this event.

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