One News Page and Raymond Snoddy host penalties seminar

An audience of financial analysts and journalists were the guests of ICOMP member One News Page at its City seminar last month. Hosted by well-known media journalist Raymond Snoddy, four experts on web search set out the risks to smaller quoted companies in the event they were hit with a search engine penalty, especially from Google, the overwhelmingly … read more

World Intellectual Property Day – 26 April 2011

Today marks the 11th annual World Intellectual Property Day, an event established by theWorld Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to dispel the notion of IP rights as recondite legal or business issues and “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life”. The day is also dedicated to “celebrating creativity, and the … read more


On the 8th April 2011, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) handed down its long-awaited decision on Google’s proposed acquisition of the travel search engine ITA Software. The DOJ found that the deal, as it stood, would have substantially lessened competition among providers of comparative flight search websites in the US, resulting in reduced choice … read more


The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has confirmed today that Google needs to be subjected to continuing regulatory oversight, sharing widespread concerns about the compatibility of its behaviour with US antitrust rules. The DoJ’s enforcement action, which is subject to the approval of a US Federal judge, follows its long and intensive investigation into the … read more

MPs show increasing awareness of search marketplace

Conservative Members of Parliament Dominic Raab and Dr Phillip Lee, on 5th April, led calls for the UK competition authorities to investigate the search market dominance of Google, mirroring the current investigation by the European Commission. Dominic Raab, who secured the Westminster Hall debate on Net Neutrality, opened by saying he wished “to raise the increasingly important … read more