Antitrust Fall Forum 2013

Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association 

Please join the Antitrust Section for the Annual Fall Antitrust Symposium:

The Actavis and Myriad Genetics Decisions: Is Competition Policy Trumping IP Protection at the Supreme Court?

October 30, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The Harvard Club, Cambridge Room
35 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Free Admission - 1.5 CLE credits           Breakfast will be served


The Antitrust Section’s Fall Antitrust Symposium features the top legal scholars in the nation on the most cutting edge legal issue of the day – the intersection of the antitrust and intellectual property laws.  Last term, the Supreme Court handed down two pivotal decisions on the patent/antitrust interface: Actavis, which addresses the legality of patent settlements that include a so-called “reverse payment,” and Myriad Genetics, which addresses the patentability of isolated human DNA.  Issues to be considered and debated by our panel of experts include:

  • The effects of Actavis on antitrust liability for conduct within the scope of a patent;
  • The implications of Myriad Genetics with respect to evolving standards for patentability;
  • The decisions’ impact on the incentives of pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms to innovate and create new products; and
  • Whether these decisions represent a trend in the Supreme Court towards favoring competition policy concerns at the expense of IP protection.


Andrew I. Gavil*
Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law (on leave)

C. Scott Hemphill
Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Emily Michiko Morris 
Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Kannon K. Shanmugam
Partner and Head of Appellate Practice, Williams & Connolly LLP



Eric J. Stock
Chair of the Antitrust Law Section of the New York State Bar Association 
Chief of the Antitrust Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office

* Mr. Gavil’s participation is dependent on the end of the federal government shutdown.

For more information or to register, contact Section Liaison Tiffany Bardwell.