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"The Antitrust/IPRs interface in the EU: Towards the suppression of innovation?"

Dumont, Béatrice. (2001) "The Antitrust/IPRs interface in the EU: Towards the suppression of innovation?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    Empirical evidence suggests that the software industries are shifting toward a more patient-intensive approach to the protection of their intellectual property. On its face, this evidence has given rise to two sets of complaints. The first is that a lot of "bad" patents are being issued. The second is that the pendulum has swung too far: after decades when patents did not afford inventors and companies enough protection, they now offer too much. The aim of this paper is therefore to demonstrate that IP laws and antitrust are heading for a collision. To do so, we provide an assessment of the main consequences for innovation and competition of extending patent protection beyond current levels for computer-related inventions, and in particular, we examine the market power interaction arising from network effects and IP protection.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Software industries.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > intellectual property
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > competition policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2006
    Page Range: p. 32
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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