This bookprovides an unparalleled comparative analysis of two "hot topics" inthe field of antitrust and unfair competition laws with regard to a number ofkey countries.
The first partof the book examines the consistency and compatibility of transactionalresolutions of antitrust proceedings (such as settlement procedures, leniencyprogrammes and commitments) with due process and the fundamental rights of theparties. This is a particularly important topic, given the widespread adoptionof these procedures by anti-trust authorities worldwide. The individual chaptersconsider how the leniency, settlement and commitments procedures have developedacross a range of jurisdictions, and discuss the extent to which checks andbalances have been applied in those national procedures in order to safeguardthe fundamental rights of the parties involved. A detailed international reportidentifies general trends and highlights the differences between and most interestingfeatures of national regulations.
The second partof the book gathers contributions from various jurisdictions on the unfaircompetition-related question of the online exhaustion of IP rights. As commerceis increasingly moving online, the respective chapters consider the extent towhich exhaustion and similar concepts have adapted to these rapid changes. Thecomprehensive and insightful international report brings together thesereflections by comparing various national positions.
The book alsoincludes the resolutions passed by the General Assembly of the LIDC following adebate on each of these topics, which include proposed solutions andrecommendations. The internationalLeague of Competition Law (LIDC) is a long-standing international associationthat focuses on the interface between competition law and intellectual propertylaw, including unfair competition issues.