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Alden Abbott

Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the John, Barbara, and Victoria Rumpel Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Alden Abbott

Alden F. Abbott became Rumpel Senior Legal Fellow and Deputy Director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation in April 2014. He previously served as Director of Patent and Antitrust Strategy for BlackBerry, and in a variety of senior government positions, including director of antitrust policy for the Federal Trade Commission; Acting General Counsel of the Commerce Department; Chief Counsel for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; and senior counsel in the Justice Department. Alden is also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason Law School, a member of the Leadership of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, and a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network. Alden was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University, in 2005, and a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School in 2003. He is active in the Federalist Society.

Alden lectures and publishes on antitrust, economic regulation, international trade, and intellectual property policy. He blogs regularly at Truth on the Market, a leading website specializing in antitrust and regulation. He speaks French, Spanish, and Italian. Alden holds degrees from Harvard Law School (J.D.), Georgetown University (M.A. in Economics), and the University of Virginia (B.A.). Abbott and his wife reside in McLean, Virginia, and have one adult son.


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Publications and Multimedia
FTC, Past and Future - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media and Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
February 16, 2017
The Regulatory Reach of the FTC, and its International Implications - Event Audio/Video
Patents and Innovation: Addressing Current Issues
December 04, 2014