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DOJ/FTC HEARINGS TO FOCUS ON THE IMPLICATIONS OF
COMPETITION AND PATENT LAW AND POLICY

Initial Hearing Scheduled For February 6, 2002


WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission today announced that their joint hearings on "Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy" will begin on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. The primary focus of the hearings will be to examine the implications of competition and patent law and policy for innovation and other aspects of consumer welfare. The general public and press are invited to attend and view the proceedings. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis with an overflow room provided for hearings at the FTC. Written comments from interested parties may be submitted to the FTC. Available information on the initial hearing sessions, scheduled for February and March, follows below:

February 6: Welcome and Overview of Hearings (FTC - Room 432)2:00 p.m.