248.9 sec. 1 - Silicon Valley Antitrust (Fall 2014)
Instructor: Hanno Kaiser (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: F 8:00-9:50
Meeting Location: 170
Course Start: August 29, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49703
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 2014.
Some familiarity with antitrust law will be helpful, but I don't want to make it a strict prerequisite. Students unfamiliar with antitrust will have to do some additional reading. I will receommend a textbook.
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Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.