In-house counsel, IP, antitrust and technology lawyers, technology executives and engineers and any participant in standard setting organizations or patent pools
Standard setting raises critical antitrust concerns especially in high technology industries. The rules of standard setting organizations often are critical to the nature of competition in markets that depend on standard setting. Rules on disclosure on intellectual property rights, the disclosure of those rights and the terms of licensing arrangements are often the subjects of controversy. The Federal Trade Commission has brought several cases in this area and there have been numerous private cases as well.
The most important recent guidance was a decision late last month from the DC Circuit in FTC v. Rambus, reversing the FTC's decision that Rambus violated the antitrust laws by failing to properly disclose intellectual property and then seeking royalties. The FTC litigation took several years and was seen as an important part of the FTC's enforcement efforts in the areas of standard setting and IP enforcement.
To address this important decision we have two key participants in the litigation: Douglas Melamed, partner with WilmerHale who argued the case for Rambus before the DC Circuit, and Sean Royall, partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and former Deputy Director of the FTC Bureau of Competition who was lead FTC counsel in the FTC Rambus trial. The panel will be moderated by former FTC Policy Director , David Balto. All three of these individuals have substantial expertise in standard setting antitrust issues.
David A. Balto, Esq., Moderator
Attorney at Law / Washington, DC
A. Douglas Melamed, Esq.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP / Washington, DC
M. Sean Royall, Esq.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP / Dallas, TX
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David A. Balto, Moderator and attorney at law in Washington, DC, focuses on antitrust and trade regulation and intellectual property litigation and represents pharmaceutical companies on pricing, distribution, mergers and joint ventures. Previously he was Policy Director of the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission.
A. Douglas Melamed, partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, is co-chair of the firm's Antitrust and Competition Department. He served in the U.S. Department of Justice from October 1996 to January 2001, first as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and then as Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division.
M. Sean Royall, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, specializes in antitrust and commercial litigation and co-chairs the firm's Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group. He is also an active member of the firm's Appellate and Constitutional Law and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. Previously he was Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission.