FTC Revelations about the Google Case

Most observers have long found the outcome of the FTC’s investigation into the Google case perplexing and disappointing, particularly given early signs that it was being pursued vigorously. Recent revelations shed more light on how and why the FTC got it so wrong. In early 2013, despite a clear recommendation to the contrary by FTC Staff, the … read more

Google Summoned to Brussels

Following a series of meetings with complainants and other third parties since the turn of the year, it is now being reported that Eric Schmidt will visit Commissioner Vestager, having been summoned to Brussels to discuss the Commission’s on-going antitrust investigation into Google. The investigation has already lasted over five years, and it is almost … read more

Je Suis Charlie

The horrific chain of events in Paris last week in which members of the editorial team of French weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, police officers and innocent bystanders were assassinated in cold blood shocked millions around the world as France suffered one of its darkest days in modern history. ICOMP would like to extend its … read more

ICOMP Statement on European Parliament’s Resolution

“Given Google’s dominance in search and search advertising, and its persistent discrimination against rivals in downstream markets (such as video, maps, comparison shopping, travel, local etc), it is unsurprising that critics are concerned by what economists describe as ‘vertical leveraging’.  Structural solutions are commonly considered in such cases and have been successfully imposed in a variety of … read more

Structural Remedies in the Google Case?

Where there is both an opportunity and incentive to abuse a dominant position, there are two options for competition authorities. First, they can take effective action to place limits on future behaviour (ie prohibition) coupled with deterrent measures (ie fines).  This mainly addresses ‘opportunity’, though if the fines are sufficiently greater than the potential profit, … read more

MEPs Take the Lead in Google Case

ICOMP warmly welcomes the interest the EP and in particular MEPs Tremosa and Schwab have shown in this case.  As we have always said, the case is about the fundamental interests of European consumers and the EP is rightly focussed on their interests and indeed the Union interest at large. There was overwhelming consensus that … read more

For whom was Google really built?

In recent blogposts and speeches, Eric Schmidt (Google’s Executive Chairman) has attempted to refute claims against his company about its prolonged and sustained anticompetitive practices. Google was built for users, not websites, he says. Adding insult to injury, he goes on to deny that Google promotes its own products and services to the detriment of … read more

Eric does it again

To the casual observer Eric Schmidt’s recent speech in Berlin could look like a celebration of flourishing US-German partnership in innovation – yet it is part of a sustained attempt to confuse and misdirect as Google faces intense criticism of its abusive and anti-competitive behaviour in Europe. Mr Schmidt seems to think he is a … read more

ICOMP Sponsors CREOS Award

ICOMP has long supported and championed the value of the creative industries and we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to show this support through involvement in the CREOS Awards 2014 in Austria. CREOS is a biennial creative competition hosted by the Chamber of Economy. The contest showcases the high performance of the creative … read more