Antitrust law and intellectual property law have long been considered in tension. A patent carves out an exception to the applicability of antitrust laws. While antitrust law seeks to eliminate monopolies and encourage competition, intellectual property law rewards creators and inventors with a limited monopoly. Patent laws encourage monopoly power by granting patent holders the right to exclude and be free from competition, while antitrust law generally proscribes monopoly and encourages competition.
Recent years have proven particularly busy dealing with this interface, in Israel and abroad, with several landmark decisions granted by courts and regulators.
The session will bring together decision makers, regulators and stakeholders in the field of antitrust, to present, discuss and evaluate recent developments in the ever important interface and perhaps tension between IP law and Antitrust laws, given the principles and rationale guiding the two.
As this interface is not widely discussed or decided by courts and regulators in Israel, the composition of session speakers will enable to learn of experience, views and recent trends dealing with competition law and IP, as well as thoughts on how Israeli law should evolve in order to deal with this challenging task of balancing the IP and Antitrust doctrines.