Jana Seidl is an associate in Baker Botts Antitrust and Competition Practice Group, who focuses on private and government litigation, investigations, mergers, and antitrust counseling. Jana defends clients in bet-the-company antitrust cases, including competitor actions, large class actions and multidistrict litigations, alleging anticompetitive conduct such as group boycotts, price fixing, bid rigging, monopolization, and exclusive dealing. Her practice also includes merger review counseling and advocacy before the U.S. antitrust agencies and international competition law regimes, as well as counseling clients on pricing and distribution policies, antitrust compliance trainings, and internal and government competition-related investigations.
Jana also maintains a robust pro bono practice, representing individuals in litigation related to exoneration and compensation for the wrongly convicted.
The intersection of intellectual property (IP) and antitrust law is again a hot debate after a recent speech by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s (“DOJ” or “Division”) Economics Director of Enforcement, Jeffrey Wilder, titled Leveling the Playing Field in the Standards Ecosystem: Principles for a Balanced Antitrust Enforcement Approach to Standards-Essential Patents. Before we dive in on the key takeaways from the speech, and our thoughts on potential ramifications, it bears briefly mentioning how we got here.