Tapering Window for Antitrust Claims : Review of FTC v. Qualcomm

Posted on November 25, 2020 Authored by Manika Dayal* Introduction Standard Essential Patents (“SEP’s”) and FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms under licencing agreements in recent times have exponentially risen to prominence, especially in the Information and Computer Technology ( “ICT”) sectors as well as the telecommunications industry. The myriad of issues that have been […]

News Corner: FTC Settles With Zoom Over Privacy and Security Issues

On 9th November, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) of the United States announced a settlement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (“Zoom”), requiring the company to implement a comprehensive information security program to resolve the alleged deceptive and unfair practices undermining the security of its users, that were in violation of Section 5(a) of the Federal […]

News Corner: Italy’s Data Protection Authority Fines Vodafone €12.2M for Unlawful Telemarketing Activities Violating GDPR

On 16th November, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) announced its decision to impose a fine of €12.2M on Vodafone Italia SpA (“Vodafone”) on account of unlawful processing of personal user data for its telemarketing activities. The Authority concluded the investigation, which originated from the receipt of hundreds of […]

News Corner: Turkish Competition Authority Fines Google $25.6M for Abusing Dominance in Online Search Market

On 12th November, Rekabet Kurumu, the Turkish Competition Authority, announced its decision in the investigation against Google Advertising and Marketing Ltd., Google International LLC, Google LLC, Google Ireland Limited and Alphabet Inc. (“Google“) for abuse of dominance in the online search market. The Board unanimously ruled to impose an administrative fine of 196.7 million lira […]

News Corner: “Amazon Distorting Competition” – European Antitrust Commission Launches Investigation

On November 10th, the European Commission (“EC“), European Union’s antitrust authority, announced that Amazon “has breached EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in online retail markets”. The concern raised by the EC was that Amazon has been giving preferential treatment to its own retail offers by relying on non-public business data of independent sellers who […]

News Corner: Japan Rejects U.S. Polo Assn. Trademark; The Battle To Dominate the Polo Horse

The battle between Polo Ralph Lauren and U.S. Polo Assn. has been ongoing ever since Ralph Lauren first sued U.S Polo Association in 1984 on claims of trademark infringement. More recently, in July 2020, the Appeal Board of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) (see the full decision copy below) has confirmed the examiner’s decision to […]