21° Pranzo Antitrust/Antitrust Lunch: “The interface between competition and IP”

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antitrustitalia’s 21st lunch is scheduled on Tuesday 28 October 2014.

Exceptionally, the event will be held at the Auditorium of Madou Tower (Place Madou – 1049 Brussels ) and NOT at Confindustria Bruxelles.

The speaker Nicholas Banasevic – Head of Unit in unit C3 of DG Competition dealing with Antitrust – will give a presentation in English on:

The interface between competition and IP – when can injunctions based on standard-essential patents be anti-competitive?

Many of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers are engaged in extensive patent litigation against each other around the world. The presentation will focus on one specific type of patents, namely those that are declared to be essential in industry standards. By providing an overview of the Commission’s recent Motorola and Samsung Decisions, the presentation will highlight in what circumstances injunctions based on standard-essential patents (SEPs) may be anti-competitive, and will analyse the legal framework used by the Commission.

Nicholas Banasevic is Head of Unit in DG Competition of the European Commission of the unit responsible for antitrust in the field of IT, the internet and consumer electronics. He is Case Manager of the Commission’s ongoing Google investigation and was Case Manager of the Commission’s Motorola and Samsung investigations. Prior to that, he worked in mergers where he was the Case Manager for the Deutsche Börse/NYSE Euronext case. He was previously the Case Manager for the Commission’s Intel and Rambus cases and a Case Officer on the Commission’s Microsoft case.

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.itas soon as possible.

In order to ensure access to Madou Tower the day of the event, all attendees that are non-EU officials will be required to provide the date of birth and ID number together with their confirmation of attendance. Please provide date of birth and ID number when confirming your attendance.

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 the cancellation by Sunday 26 October, there will be a fee of €10 to be paid via bank transfer in order to cover the cost of the lunch.

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20° Pranzo Antitrust/Antitrust Lunch: “The Intel saga – A View from Counsel”

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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).

Update:

We regret to inform you that Manuel Kellerbauer and Luigi Malferrari from the European Commission’s Legal Service will no longer be able to give their presentation given that Intel has in the meantime lodged an appeal against the General Court’s judgment.

They will be replaced by Jim Venit of Skadden, one of the counsel to Intel in the proceedings before the European Commission and in the appeal to the General Court, who will present on “The Intel saga – A View from Counsel”

As usual, the presentation will be followed by a discussion session with the participation of our members including from DG Comp and Legal Service.

As a reminder, refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:30.

Please confirm your attendance at antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.it as soon as possible (we have already a waiting list).

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €10 to cover the cost of the lunch, even in case of no show.

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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