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248.9 sec. 1 - Silicon Valley Antitrust (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Hanno Kaiser  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: F 8:00-9:50
Meeting Location: 12

Course Start: January 11, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49757

The Valley is an amazing place to practice antitrust law! This course will cover the real-world application of U.S. and EU antitrust law to the computer, software, internet, and social media industries that are literally all around us in the Bay Area. Iconic firms such as Google, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Oracle, HP, eBay and countless others have all been involved in high-stakes antitrust battles that have shaped the global technology landscape. These matters are not about legal technicalities. They are about business models, ecosystem strategies, and competing visions for the future of technology and society. We will explore not only the legal questions but also the economic and public policy issues underlying these matters. In our course, we will cover international cartels, predatory innovation, tying and bundling, more tying and bundling, search engine manipulation, open and closed systems, monopolization, open source software, the smartphone wars, and acquisitions of businesses and patent portfolios. Our cases will include U.S. and EU court and agency decisions as well as whatever will be hot in Spring 2013.

Although previously completing a general Antitrust or Competition Law course is not required, this course assumes basic familiarity with U.S. or EU antitrust doctrine. It is an ideal complement to a basic antitrust course and will only overlap in relatively small part with a traditional antitrust and intellectual property course.

Exam Notes: F
Course Category: Business Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Intellectual Property and Technology Law
International and Comparative Law
Law and Economics

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  • Examples & Explanations: Antitrust
    Christopher L. Sagers,
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9781454800002
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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