20° Pranzo Antitrust/Antitrust Lunch: “The Court of Justice case-law on (exclusionary) abuses of dominant position in light of the Intel judgment”

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Dear friends,

antitrustitalia’s 20th lunch is scheduled on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 -1040 Brussels – metro Schuman).

The speakers Manuel Kellerbauer and Luigi Malferrari of the Legal Service of the European Commission will give a presentation in English on:

The Court of Justice case-law on (exclusionary) abuses of dominant position in light of the Intel judgment

The presentation will analyse the Intel judgment of the General Court and what is exactly required to consider an exclusionary practice illegal under Article 102 TFEU.

Dr. Manuel Kellerbauer is a member of the Legal Service dealing with several antitrust and merger cases (e.g., Intel, cartel investigations in car glass, bananas, cement). Manuel holds masters degrees from the University of Aix-en-Provence and the University of Tübingen, as well as a PhD from the University of Tübingen. Manuel’s previous experience includes four years as an advisor to the Hearing Officers at DG COMP. Today Manuel is also a guest lecturer at the Europa Institute of Saarland.

Avvocato Luigi Malferrari is a member of the Legal Service dealing inter alia with PostDanmark II. Luigi obtained degrees from the University of Bologna and the Harvard Law School, as well as a PhD from the University of Heidelberg. Luigi’s previous experience includes several years as a référendaire at the Court of Justice. Today Luigi is also a lecturer at the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg and at the EBS in Wiesbaden.

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:30.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €10 to cover the cost of the lunch.

The event is approved for 2 CLE credit for the Italian bar association.

Please confirm your attendance at antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.it as soon as possible.

As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will not notify of the cancellation by Sunday 28 September, there will be a fee of €10 to be paid via bank transfer in order to cover the cost of the lunch

antitrustitalia counts on your support!

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Summer Break

antitrustitalia augura una buona estate a tutti.   Il prossimo appuntamento sarà il 30 settembre alle ore 12:30 presso Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Brussels – Metro Schuman) per discutere di un argomento di grande interesse.

antitrustitalia wishes you a nice Summer.   Save the date for 30 September at 12:30 am at Confindustria Brussels (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Brussels – Metro Schuman) to discuss a quite interesting topic.

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19° Pranzo Antitrust/Antitrust Lunch: “IP, market power and antitrust enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector”

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Dear Friends,

antitrustitalia’s 19th Antitrust Lunch is scheduled on Thursday 24 July 2014 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

Mario Todino, partner at Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners, will give a presentation in English on:

“IP, market power and antitrust enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector – The recent decisions of the Italian Antitrust Authority in Roche-Novartis and Pfizer-Pharmacia on delayed entry of generics and collusion to channel demand towards more expensive drugs”

The intersection between antitrust and IP has become the battleground of antitrust enforcers around the globe. Pharmaceuticals is one of the sectors affected by this trend, as the inherent tension between innovation and market power often makes enforcement actions open to criticisms. Two recent decisions in this sector by the Italian Competition Authority have drawn the attention of the international antitrust community for their expansive interpretation of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU: the cases Pfizer/Pharmacia (abusive delaying the entry of generic competitors) and Roche/Novartis (illegal collusion to create an artificial product differentiation between two drugs and purport the less expensive one as more dangerous, in order to influence prescriptions).

The presentation will give an overview of these two important decisions and explore the implications for the pharma sector and more in general for R&D intensive industries.

See here for the press release of the Italian Competition Authority on the Pfizer decision, and here for the press release on the Roche/Novartis decision. Also see here for a news item on the € 1.2 billion follow-on damages action threatened by the Italian Government in respect of the Roche/Novartis collusion. For a critical view of the Pfizer decision, also see the recent article by Damien Géradin in the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, 6/2014 (abstract here).

Mario Todino has more than 20 years of experience in the field of EU and national competition law, having worked for the Italian Competition Authority, the European Court of Justice, the Directorate for Internal Market and DG COMP, as well as in private practice. Mario is a graduate of the University of Naples and of the College of Europe in Bruges. He is co-author of one of the leading Italian textbooks on antitrust law, “La disciplina della concorrenza in Italia (Competition Law in Italy)” and has published several articles and essays on competition law matters.

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:30.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €10 to cover the cost of the lunch.  The event is approved for 2 CLE credit for the Italian bar association.

Please confirm your attendance at antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.it as soon as possible.

As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will not notify of the cancellation by Tuesday 22 July, there will be a fee of €10 to be paid via bank transfer in order to cover the cost of the lunch.

antitrustitalia counts on your support!


 

Cari Amici,

il 19° Pranzo Antitrust si terrà giovedì 24 luglio presso Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

Mario Todino, socio dello studio Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners, darà una presentazione in Inglese su:

“IP, market power and antitrust enforcement in the Pharma Sector – The recent decisions of the Italian Antitrust Authority in Roche-Novartis and Pfizer-Pharmacia on delayed entry of generics and collusion to channel demand towards more expensive drugs”

Come dimostrano i numerosi procedimenti aperti, l’incrocio tra antitrust e proprietà intellettuale è il campo di battaglia dove attualmente si misurano imprese e autorità della concorrenza. Il settore farmaceutico in particolare è uno dei più interessati da questa tendenza, a causa della tensione intrinseca tra necessità di innovazione e rischio di creazione di potere di mercato. Due recenti decisioni dell’AGCM hanno richiamato l’attenzione della comunità antitrust internazionale, per l’interpretazione estensiva degli articoli 101 e 102 del Trattato: il caso Pfizer-Pharmacia (ritardato ingresso sul mercato di farmaci generici) ed il caso Roche-Novartis (accordo illegale per creare una differenziazione artificiosa tra due farmaci, presentando il primo come più pericoloso del secondo e condizionando così le scelte di medici e servizi sanitari). Rinviamo al recente articolo di Damien Géradin sul Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, 6/2014, per un’analisi critica della decisione Pfizer.

La presentazione discuterà le due decisioni e le loro implicazioni per il settore farmaceutico e più in generale per i settori ad alto contenuto di ricerca ed innovazione.

Mario Todino ha oltre vent’anni di esperienza nel campo del diritto della concorrenza italiano e comunitario, avendo lavorato presso l’AGCM, DG Concorrenza, DG Mercato Interno e la Corte di Giustizia UE, oltre che come avvocato. Mario si è laureato presso l’Università di Napoli ed ha conseguito un LLM presso il Collegio d’Europa a Bruges. E’ il co-autore di una delle opere principali in materia di diritto della concorrenza, “La disciplina della concorrenza in Italia”, edito da Il Mulino, ed ha pubblicato numerosi articoli e saggi in materia.

L’appuntamento per il rinfresco è alle 12.30, con inizio della presentazione alle 13.00 e chiusura dei lavori alle 14.30.

Per chi non ha sottoscritto la tessera di antitrustitalia, è prevista una quota di partecipazione di € 10 da versare sul posto, che ci consente di coprire i costi del rinfresco (al pranzo sarà possibile sottoscrivere al costo di € 60 la tessera di durata annuale).

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Vi preghiamo di confermare al più presto la vostra partecipazione scrivendo a: antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.it, e di segnalare in modo sollecito eventuali disdette per rendere disponibile il posto ad altri colleghi.

Per le disdette successive al 22 luglio sarà comunque dovuto tramite bonifico bancario il pagamento della quota di partecipazione di € 10 al fine di coprire i costi del rinfresco.

antitrustitalia vive del vostro sostegno!

Thank you for having celebrated with us the 3 years of antitrustitalia

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