Happy New Year from us at TrustinIP!

Many things have happened in the world of IP and competition law in 2018. At TrustinIP, we have had some extraordinary guest posts, which is why we would like to take the opportunity to thank all the contributors and all our readers and wish everyone a happy new year. We are very proud to be a truly international blog with contributors from all over the world. The guest posts topics have concerned emerging inventions and technologies such as Crispr Cas9 and blockchain as well as wider policy questions such as copyright after Brexit or the patent working requirement in India. Below, we have summarized the guest posts from this year.

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China announced sweeping punishment measures for dishonesty in patent arena

Earlier this month, China published a memorandum of cooperation for joint efforts to strengthen punishment for dishonesty in patent arena, signed by a total of 38 government bodies including the supreme court, central bank, ministry of finance, patent office etc. According to this memorandum, dozens of punishment measures will soon be targeted at “severely dishonest behavior” such as repeated patent infringements, refusal to comply with administrative decisions, obstruction of local IP offices in conducting investigations and collecting evidence etc.

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Will the CJEU’s Decision in MEO Change FRAND Disputes Globally?


Guest post By Urška Petrovčič*

In April 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a decision in MEO v. Autoridade da Concorrência that clarified the circumstances in which price discrimination would trigger liability under Article 102(c) TFEU.

The dispute arose after MEO—a Portuguese telecommunications company that provides paid television signal transmission service and television content—appealed a decision of the Portuguese competition authority to terminate its investigation of an allegedly anticompetitive licensing practice of the Cooperativa de Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas Intérpretes ou Executantes (GDA).

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