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248.9 sec. 1 - Silicon Valley Antitrust (Fall 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: 170

Course Start: August 23, 2013
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49600

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 the smartphone wars, patent trolling, predatory innovation, tying and bundling, search engine manipulation, open and closed systems, monopolization, open source software, 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 Fall 2013.

To get the most out of this course, you should have some background in antitrust law and an interest in technology. This course should be an ideal complement to your basic antitrust course.

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

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  • Examples & Explanations: Antitrust
    Christopher L. Sagers,
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9781454800002
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $36.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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