Google Search: Antitrust & IP Perspectives

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On January 3,2013 the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) concluded its wide-ranging investigation of
allegedly anticompetitive conduct by Google. While a number of other commitments were extracted from Google, the allegations of search bias that initially animated the investigation were not proven, and the FTC even found that some of the investigated conduct may have been procompetitive. In Europe, on the other hand, an investigation into allegations of Google’s search bias and other abusive practices is ongoing.
 
To examine the important and timely issues surrounding Google Search, ND LAMB is convening a
panel of legal scholars with expertise in antitrust and intellectual property, who will discuss and
debate the merits and demerits of the allegations against Google, the FTC’s decision, and the search company’s relevant conduct more generally.
 
Panel:
Avishalom Tor – Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School
Daniel Crane – Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
Geoffrey A. Manne – Executive Director, for Law and Economics, International Center for Law and Economics
Mark McKenna – Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School
Spencer Weber Waller – Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies