The FTC nixes non-competes
One of the earliest reported cases challenging a non-compete clause was Mitchell v. Reynolds, 1 P. Wms. 181, 24 Eng. Rep. 347 (Q.B. 1711). The clauseContinue Reading POOF! There goes 500 years of jurisprudence. . .
The FTC nixes non-competes
One of the earliest reported cases challenging a non-compete clause was Mitchell v. Reynolds, 1 P. Wms. 181, 24 Eng. Rep. 347 (Q.B. 1711). The clause…Continue Reading POOF! There goes 500 years of jurisprudence. . .
Guest Post by Odia Kagan
You may think that, unless your website is specifically intended for kids, you don’t need to worry about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of…Continue Reading FTC Fines Epic Games $520 Million: What You Need to Know
The slogan of Smokey the Bear is that “Only you can prevent forest fires.” This may also be true of franchise professionals when it comes to egregious franchise fraud. The…
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Contributed by Odia Kagan.
This blog has discussed the importance of ensuring and auditing your vendors’ data security practices. A recent enforcement action from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)…
Continue Reading FTC: You Are Only as Good as Your Weakest Service Provider
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has requested public comments on its Trade Regulation Rule entitled “Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising” (the “Rule”). The Rule makes it an unfair or…
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Contributed by Ted Jobes, Chair of Fox Rothschild’s Anti-Trust Practice Group
Updating policies that had been on the books for more than two decades, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission has issued new Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property that replace guidelines issued by the same agencies in April 1995. Such guidelines state the antitrust enforcement policy of the agencies relating to the licensing of intellectual property protected by patent, copyright and trade secret law, and of know-how. They do not cover the antitrust treatment of trademarks.
These modernized guidelines will be fundamental to the agencies’ review and analysis of the licensing of intellectual property rights and provide guidance to businesses and the public about the agencies’ enforcement approach to intellectual property licensing. The agencies had announced the proposed update of the guidelines and made a draft available for public comment in August 2016. During a 45-day comment period, the agencies received comments from academics, industry, law associations and nonprofit organizations. After considering the comments, the agencies have revised and promulgated the Guidelines.
The 2017 guidelines embody three general principles for the purpose of antitrust analysis, stating that the agencies:
The guidelines contain a number of substantive changes which reflect changes in the law since the 1995 guidelines were issued. In particular, they reflect a number of significant changes in statutory and case law, and intervening changes in enforcement and policy work, including the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines promulgated by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Among other changes, the 2017 guidelines revise the treatment of resale price maintenance provisions in intellectual property licensing agreements, include updates concerning market definitions and market power, and contain changes relating to situations where an intellectual property license or transfer will be treated as a merger.Continue Reading First Time in over 20 Years: The DOJ and FTC Have Updated their Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of IP
Last June we blogged about a lawsuit that ended favorably for a franchisor. In Braatz, LLC v. Red Mango FC, LLC, the trial court determined that a franchisor did…
Continue Reading Franchisor did not violate disclosure law, 5th Circuit agrees
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week amended its rules under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), which requires certain products to carry labels identifying the contents, source,…
Continue Reading What You Need to Know about the Final FTC Rule Implementing the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act
“It is the purpose of this Act to . . . govern franchise agreements . . . to the full extent consistent with the Constitution of the United States .