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Competition authorities around the world are grappling with one of the largest mergers in history – the combination of agricultural biotechnology giants Monsanto and Bayer. This mammoth deal, now in a state of suspended enforcement animation at many enforcement agencies around the world, would reduce the number of large agricultural biotech firms from five to four, and create the largest player in the markets for genetic crop traits, seeds, and agrochemicals.

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the American Antitrust Institute will host its 12th annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Following the conference, the AAI will host its 6th annual Antitrust Enforcement Awards Dinner at the Hamilton Live.

The outcome of the proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger in the U.S., Europe, and other competition jurisdictions will indelibly shape the future of competition in the agricultural biotechnology industry. AAI has advocated for vigorous antitrust enforcement in this sector for over a decade. Below is a selected compendium of AAI’s economic, legal, institutional, and policy analysis on mergers and other antitrust issues in agricultural biotechnology. They range across all areas of antitrust enforcement — mergers, exclusionary conduct, and agreements. This body of work highlights, among other key issues, the plight of farmers and consumers; innovation and the strong linkage between competition and intellectual property law; food security, and the competitive importance of farming data. 

On Thursday, March 22, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) will host an industry roundtable, Applying the Antitrust Laws to Digital Platforms. Digital platforms encompass ecosystems for providing multiple and linked services. They allow networks of participants to connect, interact, and create and share the value from a variety of online activities. Platforms can be centered on advertising, e-commerce, digital goods, and more.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) filed an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals urging the court not to allow copyrights on industry-standard software interfaces to be used to lock consumers into a dominant firm’s product line.