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The Future of High Tech Patent Litigation in the Auto Industry

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The rapid adoption of new technologies by the auto industry and the new players that provide them is going to have an impact on the world’s roads. It’s also bringing an increased focus on exploiting and protecting intellectual property.… Continue reading this entry

Self-Driving Vehicles Keep Getting Closer to Reality

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Multiple developments recently demonstrate that self-driving vehicles continue their steady march to potential world domination.  First, there was Apple meeting the application requirements for autonomous vehicle testing in California.  As reported in USA Today, this gave Apple “the green light to test self-driving cars in Calif.”  Among the more interesting nuggets in this story is … Continue reading this entry

Deal Activity Slightly Declines in 2016; 2017 Deal Makers Cautious

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Aggregate automotive industry M&A deal values for 2016 were down 34% to $41.0 billion compared to $62.1 billion in 2015 according to PwC’s recently released report, PwC Deals: Global Automotive M&A Deals Insights Year-end 2016. Deal volume also saw a slight downtick of 1.4% to 583 deals compared to the 591 deals of 2015. Deal … Continue reading this entry

NHTSA Regulates Cell Phones?

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We here at the Dashboard are fond of writing about the ongoing evolution of the automotive industry into a technology industry. It seems that the folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been watching the same evolution. Just last week, NHTSA released voluntary guidelines to address driver distraction. These guidelines, Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for … Continue reading this entry

The New Supreme Court Term: Cases for the Automotive Industry to Watch

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A new Supreme Court term is once again underway. This one looks to be unique in that it is likely to be an eight-Justice bench into 2017—with Republican leaders standing firm on their refusal to go forward with confirming any nominee appointed by President Obama, it is likely that any new ninth justice will have … Continue reading this entry

Potential Antitrust Implications of Most Favored Nation Clauses

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Both in the automotive and other industries, parties have turned to most favored nation (MFN) clauses—or clauses having the same effect—as a means to assure the lowest possible input costs. MFN clauses offer pro-competitive, cost-saving benefits including efficiencies in negotiations; buyers need not haggle for the last nickel in cost reduction when an MFN clause … Continue reading this entry