Freeing the Market in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is known for being home to tech giants such as Apple and Google. These companies, and others like them, set the bar for technological innovations which are generated by and depend upon the hard work of thousands of employees. The Valley is vaunted for its respect for the power of an individual’s idea, and these types of success stories have characterized the area for decades. Why then, in this culture of respect for Continue Reading →

Will SCOTUS Finally Address Pay-For-Delay Pharma Settlements?

Pay-for-delay pharmaceutical settlements have been a point of contention for over a decade.  Such agreements entail a branded drug manufacturer paying a generic drug manufacturer a large sum of money to withdraw their drug patent challenge and refrain from entering the market of the branded drug for a specified amount of time.  In the end, the pharmaceutical companies benefit at the expense of consumers by discouraging competition and keeping drug prices artificially high. Background The Continue Reading →

AT&T Says One Antitrust Suit is Enough!

In the wake of the Justice Department’s antitrust suit to stop AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel (the nation’s 3rd largest wireless carrier) and Cellular South (a smaller wireless company in the Southeastern U.S., which changed its name to C Spire last week) filed similar suits seeking to enjoin the merger. The suits were filed under § 16 of the Clayton Act which provides injunctive relief for private parties. The suits by Sprint Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – September 26, 2011

The FCC has filed its finalized net neutrality rules, set to take effect on November 20. The rules will almost certainly face legal challenges from Verizon and MetroPCS over the extent of the FCC’s jurisdiction. David Ignatius writes on legal uncertainty and difficult questions facing the future “rules of war” for drone strikes. The debate has gotten fresh attention over last week’s report that the Obama administration’s legal team is split on the extent of Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – September 6, 2011

The latest links from STLR: Last week, the Justice Department filed suit in DC District court to block AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, arguing that the merger violates antitrust laws. Sprint has since filed its own lawsuit in DC District court to block the proposed deal. The Senate debates the America Invents Act on Patent Reform (H.R.1249). These proposed reforms to the patent system are expected to be passed and signed by President Obama Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – December 4, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar: Patent Docs reviews Senator Patrick Leahy’s proposals for patent reform. Third Circuit gives “Spam filter ate my filing notice” excuse a second chance, from the Technology & Marketing Blog. EFF sues to find out how the government spies on us using social networks; Indiana University students makes a Freedom of Information request to find out much the big telcos charge the government to spy on their networks, says Wired. Continue Reading →

STLR Cheat Sheet: Oracle’s Takeover of Sun Microsystems

Oracle Corp.’s $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc. has hit the IT headlines again this week with the issue of the European Commission’s formal statement of objections, presaging an uphill battle for Oracle to secure antitrust clearance in the EU. STLR brings you this cheat sheet on the issues, explaining what’s at stake, the latest ins and outs of the deal, and the reactions of various commentators. The players Oracle, headquartered in Redwood Shores, Continue Reading →