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Germany Closes Price Parity Investigation But Antitrust Scrutiny on Online Platforms Continues in Europe

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On 26 November 2013, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) announced that it ended the probe into Amazon’s price parity policy (the “Policy”).  The Policy required that the price of an item offered by a retailer on Amazon’s online marketplace platform, Amazon Marketplace, should not be higher than the retailer’s lowest offer for that item… Continue Reading

Amazon Informs German and UK Competition Authorities of Its Plan to End Price Parity Policy

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In February 2013, the German competition authority (Bundeskartellamt) launched a survey into Amazon.de’s price parity policy for its Marketplace platform.  (See our previous post.)  This policy requires that the price of each product that a retailer offers on Amazon.de should not be higher than the retailer’s lowest offer for that product through any other online… Continue Reading

Chinese E-Commerce Giant Joins Forces with China’s Largest Microblogging Platform

Posted in Social Media, Transactions

Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce company, recently made headlines by committing to purchase an 18% stake in Weibo, China’s largest microblogging platform, for $586 million. The deal reportedly gives Alibaba an option to increase its stake to 30%. The alliance will allow Alibaba to drive more web traffic to its e-commerce sites.  With over 500 million registered… Continue Reading

Craigslist wins first step against screenscapers – lesson for drafting TOUs

Posted in Intellectual Property, Social Media, Transactions

On April 29, Craigslist was successful in fighting off a motion to dismiss filed by three screenscraping sites (3Taps, Padmapper and Lovely) in its pending litigation in the Northern District of California.   In Craigslist Inc. v. 3Taps Inc., No. CV 12-03816 (N.D. Cal.), Craigslist sued these sites, alleging that their scraping of Craigslist content violated… Continue Reading

Timely Delivery Regulations May Soon Apply to Online Sales

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In a draft report released this week, the Federal Trade Commission staff recommended that the Commission require online merchants to adhere to the same timely delivery requirements as mail- and telephone-based retailers. In 1975, the FTC began requiring mail- and telephone-order merchants to ship their products within the advertised time frame. If the merchant does… Continue Reading

ZTE Signs Android Licensing Deal With Microsoft

Posted in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Transactions

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a deal with ZTE under which ZTE will license Microsoft’s worldwide patent portfolio for use in cell phones, tablet computers, and other devices running the Android and Chrome operating systems.  Although the terms of the ZTE deal were not released, Microsoft’s agreements with other device manufacturers have required a royalty payment… Continue Reading

The German Competition Authority Investigates Price Parity Policy of Amazon.de

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The German competition authority (Bundeskartellamt) recently launched a survey intended to assist it in assessing the impact of the price parity policy of Amazon.de on retailers offering products on online marketplaces (such as eBay). The Bundeskartellamt states that Amazon.de’s price parity policy requires that the price of each product that a retailer offers Amazon.de should not be… Continue Reading

European Commission Consults on Revised Competition Regime for Technology Transfer Agreements

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By John Wileur, Jennifer Boudet, and Miranda Cole The European Commission published for consultation its proposal for revisions to the EU technology transfer competition regime yesterday.  The Commission is consulting on its proposals until 17 May 2013. The EU’s approach to the application of competition law to technology transfer agreements is set out in two… Continue Reading

SpectrumWatch: FCC Initiates Review of Mobile Spectrum Holdings Policies

Posted in Spectrum & Mobile, Transactions

Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will publish comment deadlines for its recently-released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that begins the process of reviewing its policies regarding the allocation of mobile spectrum.   The full text of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available here.  While the simultaneous adoption of proposed rules for an incentive auction of… Continue Reading