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 […]

The Unwired Case: UK Courts to Determine Global FRAND Licensing Terms

Posted on October 22, 2020 Co-authored by Shobana Iyer* and Tanya Garg* Introduction On 26 August 2020, the UK Supreme Court (“Supreme Court”) delivered the much-awaited landmark decision in Unwired Planet International Ltd v Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd; Huawei Technologies Co Ltd v Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL; ZTE Corporation v Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL[1] […]

CCI’s Investigation of the Indian Smartphone Industry – Licensing of Standard Essential Patents

Posted on September 19, 2020 Authored by Tanya Varshney* Acknowledgement: Thanks to Prof. (Dr.) Manveen Singh* for sharing his inputs and reviewing this article. In simple terms, Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”) are the patents that have been declared as “essential” to implement the industry or technology standards and ensure uniformity and compatibility in the technology […]

Competition Appellate Tribunal Dissuades Litigants From Resorting To “Forum Shopping”

Posted on September 17, 2020 Authored by Preethika Nannapaneni* What is ‘Forum Shopping’? In lay-man terms, forum shopping is an act of “choosing” (amongst the possible options) which court to file your case before; to get a favourable outcome. While the Indian legal statutes do not specifically address ‘forum shopping’, it is a settled judicial […]

Teaming ‘Teams’ with Microsoft Office: Slack Challenges Microsoft’s Anticompetitive Tying Practices

Posted on August 1, 2020 Authored by Tanya Garg Introduction On 22 July 2020, the business-messaging app, Slack Technologies Inc. filed an antitrust complaint (“Complaint”) against Microsoft Corporation with the European Commission (“Commission”), European Union’s (“EU”) apex competition watchdog. “Slack” is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Slack Technologies. Under the European rules, the […]