| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 1994
TDD (202) 514-1888
ANTITRUST CHIEF OUTLINES PROPOSED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
INITIATIVES, DIVISION ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT ABA CONFERENCE
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Anne K. Bingaman, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, outlined today some of the Division's proposed initiatives for antitrust enforcement in the area of intellectual property. Bingaman, in a speech before the American Bar Association's Antitrust Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., also stated some of the Division's accomplishments for the last 10 months.
Bingaman outlined the Division's views regarding antitrust enforcement in the area of Intellectual property including the licensing of rights, practices by owners with monopoly power and acquisitions. She described the proposed initiatives as a framework to solicit comments from interested parties who want to offer their comments or suggestions. The Division will consider the comments and proposed initiatives as part of its process for formulating a statement expected to be released this summer. Comments from interested parties are due to the Antitrust Division by May 9, 1994.
Intellectual property refers to products of creative efforts protected under the patent, copyright and trademark laws.
Bingaman also noted that there will be a renewed emphasis on competition advocacy on intellectual property issues. She stressed the importance of the Division working with the Patent and Trademark Office and discussed the Division's, role as an "active voice" in filing amicus briefs, service on the National Economic Council's Task Force on Intellectual Property and participation in legislative proposals.
Bingaman said the Division's proposed policy toward intellectual property is to treat it like any other form of property. She noted that intellectual property is not exempt nor particularly suspect under the antitrust laws. Also, she stated that owners of intellectual property cannot use technology to suppress other technologies.
Bingaman mentioned some of the other accomplishments of the Antitrust Division in the last 10 months:
In stating some of the accomplishments of the Antitrust Division, Bingaman said, "The mission of the Antitrust Division is to protect competition and consumers in increasingly international and technology-driven markets through sound and reasoned enforcement of the antitrust laws. This record provides a concrete embodiment of our vision of antitrust enforcement-but it is only the beginning."