FTC Gives Staff More Power to Investigate IP Abuse Accusations

Sept. 15, 2021, 9:08 PM

The Federal Trade Commission plans to investigate abuses of intellectual property rights that have caused anti-competitive conditions in areas such as pharmaceuticals, technology, and gasoline refining.

FTC members approved in a 3-2 vote eight new resolutions, including one focusing on intellectual property. The resolution allows FTC staff to “efficiently and expeditiously” investigate potentially abusive conduct in intellectual property over the next decade.

The investigations will look into deceptive and anti-competitive behavior allegations, the agency said in a release on Tuesday. It mentioned the three focus areas, but gave no other details about IP investigation plans.

A representative from the FTC ...

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