ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: PROMOTING INNOVATION AND COMPETITION
Item #: 64954
Pages: vi, 210 pp.
Published: OE; US Dept. of Justice and the Federal Trad; Reprinted in 2008.
Series: HEIN'S ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS REPRINT SERIES
Subjects: INTELLECTUAL & INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY, TRADE REGULATION
Over the past several decades, antitrust enforcers and thecourts have come to recognize that intellectual propertylaws and antitrust laws share the same fundamental goals ofenhancing consumer welfare and promoting innovation. Thisrecognition signaled a significant shift from the view thatprevailed earlier in the twentieth century, when the goalsof antitrust and intellectual property law were viewed asincompatible: intellectual property law's grant ofexclusivity was seen as creating monopolies that were intension with antitrust law's attack on monopoly power. Suchgeneralizations are relegated to the past. Modernunderstanding of these two disciplines is that intellectualproperty and antitrust laws work in tandem to bring new andbetter technologies, products, and services to consumers atlower prices.
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