Invention as a combinatorial process: evidence from US patents

H.Youn, D. Strumsky, L. Bettencourt, J. Lobo, here

HOTREC General Assembly’s statement on the decisions taken on 21 April 2015 on the commitments of Booking.com

Hotrec, here

Google slams Australian piracy site-blocking legislation

ZDNet, here.

Intellectual Property and Competition in the Pharmaceutical Industry

AGCM, Conference presentations available here

Shaken, not stirred. Competition Law Enforcement and Standard Essential Patents.

A. Italiener, here

What's Next For Comcast? After Failed TWC Merger, Cable Giant Faces Regulated, Cord-Cutting Future

IBTimes, here.

See also AAI's statement here

Europe Looks to Tame Web’s Economic Risks

WSJ, here (via Google search).


Xiaomi is copying its China playbook to win over India’s smartphone market

QZ.com, here

The Basics Of Open Patent Licensing

TechCrunch, here

What Signals From Twitter Does Google Care About?

SearchEngineLand, here

Microsoft Office reaches 100 million downloads on iOS and Android

TheVerge, here

The Search for Harm

GooglePolicyBlog, here.

Android has helped create more choice and innovation on mobile than ever before

Googlepolicyblog, here

EU Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service; opens separate formal investigation on Android

Press Release, here.
Commissioner Vestager's statement here.
Minutes of the meeting of the Commission here (on Android: "She pointed out that Google had led development of the Android mobile operating system since 2005, and the majority of smartphone and tablet manufacturers used this system, having concluded agreements with Google to obtain the right to install Google's applications on their devices. She explained that the Commission's in-depth investigation would focus on whether, by doing so, Google had breached EU antitrust rules by hindering the development and market access of rival mobile operating systems, applications and services to the detriment of consumers and developers of innovative services and products").

Europe to accuse Google of illegally abusing its dominance

FT.com, here.

"Ms Vestager on Wednesday will also launch a separate formal investigation into Google’s Android operating system for smartphones.
The Commission probe will examine whether Google imposes uncompetitive terms on handset makers that ultimately favour its own lucrative apps such as YouTube. Google rejects any allegations of wrongdoing and says Android is an open platform distributed free."

2nd Circ. Wary Of Anti-Competitive Intent In Namenda Plan

Law360.com, here

Eau de Fracking? Companies Try to Trademark Scents

WSJ.com, here

Debunking the Myth of a Data Barrier to Entry for Online Services

G. Manne, B. Sperry, here

Assicurazioni: due multe per 29 milioni di euro a Unipolsai e Generali per intesa anti-concorrenziale

AGCM, I744 here

Competition policy for the Digital Single Market: Focus on e-commerce

M. Vestager, here

Supreme Court Asked to Clarify the Reach of U.S. Antitrust Laws to Foreign Conduct

Natlawreview.com, here

Commissioner Vestager announces proposal for e-commerce sector inquiry

Press Release, here.
Only around 15% of European citizens "bought online from a seller based in another EU Member State. This indicates that significant cross-border barriers to e-commerce still exist within the EU. For example, technical barriers, such as geo-blocking, may prevent consumers from accessing certain websites on the basis of their residence or credit-card details".