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FTC v. Rambus: Did the Commission Get the Remedy Right?

Winter 2008

Federal Civil Enforcement Committee Newsletter
As technology becomes an increasingly ubiquitous part of our everyday lives, the companies that design and manufacture that technology have often turned to standard setting organizations to ensure compatibility between their products. Done properly, these endeavors are undeniably procompetitive – they can reduce costs, facilitate interoperability, increase consumer choice, and enable economies of scale. However, standard setting also creates opportunities for anticompetitive behavior of many stripes, including price-fixing, reductions in non-price competition, and other coordination between competitors.


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