Federal Antitrust Agencies Act: Raising HSR Filing Thresholds and Issuing Final Guidelines for International Enforcement and IP Licensing

The final days of the Obama Administration saw a flurry of official announcements from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), including increases in the HSR Thresholds for reportability of transactions, as well as Section 8’s interlocking directorate provisions. The Agencies also reported the issuance of final updates to both the Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation and the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property – neither of which have been updated since their original issuance decades ago in 1995.

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