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Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

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The Approaches Of The European Commission And The U.S Antitrust Agencies Towards Exclusivity Clauses In Licensing Agreements, Sergio Baches Opi Dec 2000

The Approaches Of The European Commission And The U.S Antitrust Agencies Towards Exclusivity Clauses In Licensing Agreements, Sergio Baches Opi

Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

This Article examines and compares the differing treatment of territorial restraints in licensing agreements under United States (U.S.) antitrust law and European Union (E.U.) competition law. While in the U.S. vertical territorial restraints are assessed under the Rule of Reason, in the E.U. they often are considered illegal per se, unless exempt under the E.U. Technology Transfer Regulation or by an express decision of the Commission addressed to the parties to the licensing agreement. Yet, even if a licensing agreement is exempt under the E.U. Regulation, the Regulation imposes severe time limitations on exclusivity ...