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Intellectual property antitrust

London intellectual property law firm Crefovi has an Intellectual Property Antitrust practice, which defends the exclusive rights of IP property holders. In particular, the Intellectual Property Antitrust practice advises IP property holders on how to monetise their inventions against would-be competitors and the rights of would-be competitors against unwarranted claims of IP exclusivity.

Antitrust and intellectual property law defines the primary legal challenges confronted by the high technology and life sciences industries, and heavily influences innovation in every industry sector. Intellectual property rights protect an inventor’s contribution; at the same time, they exclude others from competing against the incumbent. London intellectual property law firm Crefovi has a team of Intellectual Property Antitrust lawyers, who litigate some of the most high-profile antitrust cases in this space and advise on some of the most challenging acquisitions. The team provides strategic advice on how to best use the antitrust and intellectual property laws to clients’ business advantage.

Clients benefit from London intellectual property law firm Crefovi’s constant involvement in a significant number of Intellectual Property Antitrust matters at any given time. Given the depth and the complexity of the field, that kind of crucial experience is one of the reasons that clients trust the firm with their most strategically important matters.

Systems competition

High-tech products consist of hardware, software, intellectual property and business processes. Conflicts arise when plaintiffs seek access to parts of a system that the defendant seeks to reserve to itself. Such “access claims” are increasingly common in Europe and China. In the United States, companies with strong intellectual property rights and a sizable customer base frequently find themselves accused of monopolising aftermarkets limited to their own brand. These claims often turn on a manufacturer’s right to refuse to license or sell its patented replacement parts and copyrighted service software to third-party providers of ancillary goods and services.

Acquisitions

For many technology companies, intellectual property is the key asset on which the value of the company depends. The antitrust analysis of mergers and acquisitions is routinely driven by overlapping patent portfolios, potentially redundant R&D programs and the product pipeline. Crefovi’s Intellectual Property Antitrust lawyers have handled both high-profile technology mergers and acquisitions of patent portfolios.

London intellectual property law firm Crefovi’s international platform, through its global network of local counsels, allows its lawyers to seamlessly coordinate merger notifications and agency negotiations across the EMEA and US jurisdictions.

Product distribution

Companies that rely on partners or affiliates for the distribution of their products and services frequently encounter antitrust obstacles around the world. Crefovi’s Intellectual Property Antitrust team is familiar not only with dual distribution and authorised reseller systems for physical goods but also with the complexities of distribution chains in the online advertising business, such as ad networks, ad exchanges, affiliate programs and syndication agreements.

Licensing, patent pools and standard setting

The Intellectual Property Antitrust lawyers of London intellectual property law firm Crefovi routinely advise clients on complex licensing issues to maximise the value of their intellectual property. In that context, the firm also advises participants to standard setting bodies and patent pools. A particular focus of Crefovi’s Intellectual Property Antitrust practice has been the antitrust analysis of standards essential patents.

 

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