Katarzyna advises clients on the full range of competition law issues, including complex merger control and antitrust matters. She represents clients in Phase I and Phase II merger cases before the European Commission and the Polish competition authority. She has broad experience advising on multijurisdictional considerations, as well as remedies in merger cases. Katarzyna also defends clients in conduct matters and advises on compliance with antitrust rules. Her experience includes handling EU and national investigations and litigation before the EU and national courts. Based in Brussels and Warsaw, her practice focuses on EU and cross-border projects, but she is also adept in domestic Polish matters. Katarzyna has also worked in the Firm's offices in New York and Washington, DC, where her practice focused on international and US antitrust matters. She advises clients on complex cases of abuse of dominance, involving price-based conduct (rebates), refusal to supply/license and tying/bundling practices. She has also been involved in cartel investigations and in pleading related appeals before the EU Courts. She has extensive experience in handling cases involving the intersection of IP and competition law, including technology transfer/IP licensing agreements. She received a doctorate (JSD) from Columbia Law School in 2007, where her thesis focused on the intersection between IP and competition law.
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On 18 May 2022, the EU General Court (GC) upheld the European Commission’s (EC) € 28 million fine imposed on Canon for gun-jumping in the context of a (somewhat unique) so-called warehousing structure. The judgment confirms that structures such as the one at issue are not allowed under EU law (...)
On 23 February 2022, the EU’s General Court (GC) dismissed a €1.7 billion claim for damages brought by United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) against the European Commission (EC). UPS sought compensation for the losses resulting from the EC’s decision to block UPS’ merger with TNT NV (TNT). The GC, (...)
As part of its review of the EU antitrust rules governing vertical agreements, the European Commission (EC) has published for consultation a draft new section of its Vertical Guidelines, which contains proposed guidance on information exchange in "dual distribution" relationships. Reacting to (...)
A recent speech by the European Commission’s (the Commission) Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager (the Commissioner), on the 30th anniversary of the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR), praised it as having created "a better life for everyone", "saved customers billions of euros each year" (...)
This article has been nominated for the 2021 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. A recent speech by the European Commission’s (the Commission) Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager (the Commissioner), on the 30th anniversary of the (...)
Standards lie at the heart of the digital economy – without standards, we would not have smartphones, tablets and other key parts of modern life. Europe’s highest court recently delivered a judgment in Huawei v. ZTE explaining when EU competition law will prevent holders of patents that are (...)
The interaction between competition rules and intellectual property (“IP”) rights continues to be the source of lively debates in Brussels and other capitals across the globe. IP lawyers lament that competition lawyers do not understand IP rules and that competition intervention undermines the (...)
Summary The Advocate General’s advisory Opinion in the Huawei v. ZTE FRAND Case (C-170/13) would, if followed by the full European Court of Justice (ECJ), usher in a significant shift in the playing field in German litigation on Standard essential patents (SEPs). Germany has been known as a (...)
The interaction between competition rules and intellectual property ("IP") rights has long been among the most interesting, controversial and widely discussed issues in competition law. At a first glance, the objectives of IP law and competition rules might seem to be at odds with each other. On the one hand, competition rules prohibit conduct that restricts competition and thereby leads to lower output and higher prices. On the other, IP law creates exclusive rights that limit access to information, technologies and other intangible assets.
Contents: Reining in digital unicorns: Is Europe setting the rules for the world?, Dr Katarzyna Czapracka, Partner, White & Case, Brussels and Warsaw A few thoughts on privacy and competition, Martin d’Halluin, Senior Vice President, Global Competition Law & Policy Counsel, News Corp, (...)