As part of a continuing series on Spring 2017 semester courses that relate to innovation and business law, this post spotlights the spring Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium: Antitrust and Global Competition Policy.

As a teaching and research venture for scholars studying problems of corporate, intellectual, and antitrust law, the Innovation, Busness & Law Center (IBL) offers an integrated curriculum on these subjects, encourages interdisciplinary research, and engages in cutting-edge discussions about these important areas of the law. The Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium, which is typically offered in both the fall and spring semesters, embodies all three facets of the Center’s mission.

This spring, Professor Hovenkamp will be heading the IBL Colloquium on Antitrust and Global Competition Policy. “The course will be quite practical,” Professor Hovenkamp said. “It will be useful for students going into business law and certainly for future antitrust lawyers.” The Colloquium will focus on four specialty topics within the general area of federal antitrust law: mergers, vertical restraints, foreign commerce, and federalism. Vertical restraints are restraints that manufacturers impose on dealers, such as pricing and the amount of products a dealer has to carry. Foreign commerce deals with the extent to which U.S. antitrust law occurs abroad, while federalism looks at the relationship between federal antitrust law and state regulation.

Like any antitrust course, the Colloquium will be policy focused, with students reading cases to develop their knowledge base. By the end of the course, students will have an idea of how antitrust law functions in those four main areas, and hopefully, be able to deal with and even file an antitrust claim. “It’s also helpful for people not practicing antitrust to be able to recognize antitrust claims,” Professor Hovenkamp explained. “It is not a heavily litigated area because a lot of lawyers have not been trained to recognize those claims.” This Colloquium will provide students with the knowledge and skills to recognize such claims.

Course Description

This seminar encompasses topics in antitrust, intellectual property, corporate and securities law and the interfaces between those disciplines. Instructors will choose topics from among these areas and assign appropriate readings. Class meetings will center around discussions of the readings. The instructors may choose to offer students a variety of options for earning writing credits. For example, instructors might require students to prepare a 5-7 page analysis of each of the major readings. Depending on the number of readings, instructors might instead assign shorter, 2-3 page reaction papers. Alternatively, instructors may choose to offer students the opportunity to write more traditional seminar papers. Because the seminar topic (and instructor or instructors) will vary from year to year, students may be allowed to enroll for the seminar more than once, with the consent of the instructors. Prerequisites: Will vary depending upon the substantive theme chosen in a given semester and the specific structure of the seminar that year.

Schedule Information

Friday, 2:20 – 4:20