The market for patents is hotter than it has ever been, particularly in technology fields for smartphones and Internet searching. On June 26, 2012, PLI is hosting a one hour briefing discussing the recent multi-billion dollar patent portfolio transactions and how the size of these transactions requires them to be presented to and cleared by regulators in the U.S. and abroad to make sure competition won’t be harmed.
In addition, many of the affected patents have been asserted in litigation already, and others are bound to be soon. That will bring further antitrust scrutiny, in all likelihood including counterclaims that the new owners’ assertion of the patents violates the antitrust laws.
The one hour briefing is entitled, “Buying Patents by the Pound: Today’s Patent-Acquisition Boom and Tomorrow’s Antitrust Consequences,” and features Charles S. Crompton, of Latham & Watkins LLP, and Ronald S. Laurie, Managing Director & Principal, Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC.
The panelists will discuss the forces driving the current strategic patent acquisition market, market developments that can be expected, how a potential market participant can prepare for antitrust scrutiny, and the possible approaches taken by the courts and regulators.