May 26, 2015 - "From a public policy perspective, the goal of the FTC's enforcement actions should be to maximize net social benefits," explains Thomas Lenard, Technology Policy Institute President and Senior Fellow, in comments filed today with the Federal Trade Commission. "In the case of Nomi Technologies, the Commission failed to show that its Consent Agreement will yield any net benefits. Indeed, it is questionable whether the Agreement will yield any benefits at all."
May 15, 2015 - The European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy is intended to break down the numerous barriers to cross-border online activity that currently exist in the European Union. The proposal covers a broad array of policies, including harmonizing EU rules for online purchases of goods, improving cross-border parcel delivery, integrating telecommunications regulation, and reducing burdens of different VAT regimes. While many of these proposals do not seem controversial - at least on this side of the Atlantic - some require closer scrutiny. For example, the strategy document includes a section on online platforms, reflecting the support of some officials for a general regulatory framework for "essential digital platforms." In addition, the Commission is launching an inquiry in tandem with the Digital Single Market Strategy on the application of competition law in the e-commerce area.
May 1, 2015 - Planning is underway for the Technology Policy Institute's 2015 Aspen Forum, and an agenda preview is now available. Registration for the signature event can be performed on the TPI website and reduced registration fees are offered until July 1st. This year's Forum is scheduled for August 16 - 18.
April 22, 2015 - Europe's new top antitrust official, Margrethe Vestager, last week moved forward with a major antitrust suit against Google. At issue is the same "search bias" question that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigated for two years. The FTC, however, closed its investigation due to lack of evidence of an antitrust violation and any feasible remedy likely to benefit consumers. The European Commission disagrees and is accusing Google of abusing its dominant position in search by favoring its own products, particularly its online shopping service.
April 10, 2015 - Video of the February 11th event, "Patent Reform and the 114th Congress: What does the Evidence Show?" is now available on the TPI website.