My recent column on the Canadian Competition Bureau’s new Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines, patent pooling, PAEs and standard-essential-patents as applied to tech patents, was published earlier this month.
The Competition Bureau has released updated Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines. The guidelines are directed to the Bureau’s approach to investigating anti-competitive activities relating to intellectual property including settlements, particularly in PM(NOC) proceedings, price-fixing, patent pooling, product switching, patent assertion entities and standard essential patents.
The Competition Bureau has published draft “Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines” for public comment. The guidelines will describe the Bureau’s position on issues such as patent settlements, including under the PM(NOC) Regulations, standard essential patents, and patent assertion entities.
Google has settled an United States FTC investigation by agreeing to not seek injunctions against willing licensees on standard-essential patents that the company had obtained from Motorola. Also in the settlement, the Commission closed its investigation of Google’s online search and advertising business.