Technology Committees

Antitrust guidelines

The Antitrust laws prohibit agreements or understandings between two or more individuals or businesses to regulate prices or quantities of goods and services, to allocate customers or territories, to hinder or limit a competitor or potential competitor’s operations, or otherwise unreasonably to restrain business activity. Discriminatory pricing or servicing is also prohibited.

Every individual who participates in AIST meetings and activities should follow these guidelines:

  • DON’T discuss with other members your own or competitors’ prices, pricing procedures, or anything that might affect prices such as costs, discounts, terms of sale, or profit margins, or anticipated wage rates.

  • DON’T stay at a meeting where any such price talk occurs.

  • DON’T make public announcements or statements about your own prices or those of competitors at any AIST function.

  • DON’T talk about what individual companies plan to do in particular geographic or product markets or with particular customers.

  • DON’T disclose to others at meetings or otherwise any competitively sensitive information.

  • DON’T propose or agree to any action intended to disadvantage or injure another company.

  • DO have an AIST staff person present at any meetings you conduct and insist on the agenda being followed and minutes kept.

  • DO confer with legal counsel or AIST staff before bringing up any topic or making any statement with competitive ramifications.

  • DO send copies of all association-related correspondence to the AIST office.

  • DO alert the AIST staff to any inaccuracies in proposed statements to be made by AIST, particularly in statements to government officials.