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The Heritage Foundation

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Rumpel Senior Legal Fellow and Deputy Director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Experience & Areas of Interest:

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.


  • J.D. Harvard Law School
  • M.A. Economics, Georgetown University
  • B.A. University of Virginia

Is Mere Allegiance to a Business Association’s Rules Enough to Plead a Sherman Act Conspiracy?
Comments on the U.S. Antitrust Agencies´ Proposed Updated IP Guidelines
Standard Setting, Patents, and Competition Law Enforcement—The Need for U.S. Policy Reform