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Geoffrey D. Oliver (Geoff)
Of Counsel


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  • Cornell University (J.D. magna cum laude with specialization in international law 1985); Harvard University (B.A. in History & Economics cum laude 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia and Massachusetts


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (1985-1986)

Government Service

  • Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition (1998-2007)

Geoff Oliver's practice focuses on antitrust matters, with an emphasis on government merger and conduct investigations and matters involving antitrust and patent law. He represents high-tech and manufacturing companies in the computer, semiconductor, consumer electronics, pharmaceutical, health care, and medical devices industries. He has litigated merger, conduct, and IP-related matters in federal court and in administrative proceedings before the Federal Trade Commission and the International Trade Commission. He regularly counsels companies with respect to joint ventures, licensing and distribution agreements, and other commercial arrangements. Geoff co-coordinates the Firm's practice involving application of antitrust law to issues involving intellectual property.

Before joining Jones Day in 2007, Geoff held various positions in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, including Assistant Director responsible for the Anticompetitive Practices Division. At the FTC, he supervised numerous nonpublic investigations, litigated merger and non-merger cases, and participated in various policy initiatives involving standard-setting, intellectual property, joint ventures, and other issues. Earlier in his career, Geoff practiced in Brussels, Belgium as well as Washington, D.C.

Geoff has written on antitrust enforcement topics and has spoken on antitrust and intellectual property issues in the United States and abroad. He was the lead editor of the ABA Antitrust Section's treatise, Antitrust Issues in International Intellectual Property Licensing Transactions, and formerly served as the chair of the Antitrust Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and on the board of editors of the ABA's Antitrust magazine.

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