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February 2012 Blog o’ Blogs

 |  February 28, 2012
February 2012, Volume 2, Number 2
Opinions in Europe were flying fast and furious this month, and we have five—including Joaquín Almunia on patents. Also in our lineup are two competition regulators from the Reagan Era who ask whether we’re being boldly led to where we shouldn’t go, Josh Wright & Charles Rule who debate Google, a reminder that antitrust is not just about products, and hard looks at Chile, whistle-blowing practices, and market relevance. And our friends at Chillin’ Competition have compiled their own antitrust solute to the Oscars—enjoy.
EC Antitrust Chief Warns Over Abuse of “Essential” Patents
“I am determined to use antitrust enforcement to prevent the misuse of patent rights to the detriment of a vigorous and accessible market.” Joaquín Almunia
Charles Arthur (Guardian)
The More Technical, the Better? Economic Evidence in Merger Assessment
Once in awhile the technical nature of economic analysis is almost praised for its own sake, not for what it can give to analysis.
Mika Oinonen (Finnish Competition Authority)
Effects Based Enforcement of Article 101 TFEU: The “Object Paradox”
An ill-defined “object category” emerges in plain sight as the great remaining loophole in the enforcement of Article 101 TFEU.
Damien Gerard (Kluwer Competition Law Blog)
Bully Beef
Sometimes competition law looks as if it’s on the side of the bullies.
Max Findlay (Kluwer Competition Law Blog)
Hiring Practices Can Be An Antitrust Violation?
The antitrust laws are not confined to products.
David Stanoch and Carolyn Budzinski (Corporate Law)
Antitrust Jeopardy
Market definition played a critical role in the agencies’ victories (and losses) last year.
Barry Nigro, Peter Guryan and Aleksandr Livshits (The Deal Pipeline)
Is Google Monopolizing the Search Engine Business? Depends Who You Ask
Is Google an Illegal Monopoly? A Debate on the FTC Investigation into Google’s Search Engine.
Josh Wright v. Charles Rule (Columbia Law School)
About the FTC’s Star Trek Law Enforcement
Antitrust is for consumer welfare, not competitor welfare…
James Miller III and Daniel Oliver (Washington Examiner)
Making it Easier to “Whistle While You Work”
Once at the forefront of innovative antitrust enforcement, is it the U.S. that is now resisting innovation?
Marlene Koury (Constantine Cannon)
Competition in Chile: The Shine Comes Off
Most Chileans take medicine, eat chicken and travel by bus. They can surely be forgiven for wondering if they’re being ripped off every time they do so.
The Economist
Antitrust Oscars
Chillin’ Competition’s list of nominees for the best antitrust-related videos on youtube.
Alfonso Lamadrid (Chillin’ Competition)