Aspen Forum Panel to Explore Antitrust and Tech Industries

Aspen Forum Panel to Explore Antitrust and Tech Industries

Panel to Discuss Competition Issues at TPI Event

Contact: Amy Smorodin
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June 9, 2010 – Technology has been a principal driver of growth and productivity in the U.S.. Antitrust enforcement in technology industries is complex, in part because the sector is characterized by more or less continuous innovation. If economists are able to predict the effects of antitrust actions on innovation, then enforcement agencies can take those actions with greater confidence. If the effects are highly uncertain, however, the lesson for enforcement is quite different. Experts on antitrust and competition issues will discuss these and related issues at the TPI Aspen Forum, scheduled for August 22-24.

The discussion panel “Antitrust and Competition in High-Tech Industries” will feature distinguished antitrust and economic experts who will discuss how antitrust policy can be formulated to promote innovation. Panelists include:

Timothy Bresnahan, Landau Professor of Technology and the Economy, Stanford University: Bresnahan is the former Chief Economist of the Antitrust Division of the U. S. Department of Justice. His research focuses on industrial organization, applied econometrics, and the economics of technology. Currently, he is researching entry and appropriability in technology industries, and competition between old and new-paradigm computing.

Douglas Melamed, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Intel Corporation: Prior to joining Intel, Melamed was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmerhale, where he served as chair of the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Melamed served in the U.S. Department of Justice from October 1996 to January 2001 as acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust Division and as principal deputy assistant attorney general.

Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google: Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is currently on leave from the University of California at Berkeley, where he is a professor in the School of Information, the Haas School of Business, and the Department of Economics.

Christoper Yoo, Professor of Law and Communication and Director, Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School: Yoo’s research focuses on how economic theories of imperfect competition are transforming the regulation of the Internet and other forms of electronic communications. He has also been a leading voice in the “network neutrality” debate.

TPI’s Aspen Forum will bring together leaders from business, government, and academia in a relaxed, informal setting to discuss and debate the key public policy issues surrounding information and communications technology. Confirmed speakers include Paul Otellini, President and CEO of Intel Corporation, Mark McLaughlin, President and Chief Executive Officer of VeriSign, and Thomas Tauke, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Policy and Communications at Verizon. Edward Mueller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qwest Communications, will offer opening remarks at the premier policy event.

To register, please visit www.techpolicyinstitute.org/aspen2010. For additional information, please contact Jane Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press can contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at https://techpolicyinstitute.org/

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