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WTO Working Papers

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The Application of Competition Policy Vis-À-Vis Intellectual Property Rights

The Evolution of thought Underlying Policy Change

This paper examines the evolution of national competition (antitrust) policies and enforcement approaches vis-à-vis intellectual property rights (IPRs) and associated anti-competitive practices in major jurisdictions over the past several decades. It focuses especially on the underlying process of economic learning that has, the authors suggest, driven relevant policy changes.

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Keywords: intellectual property, network industries, anti-competitive settlements, competition advocacy, innovation, mergers, antitrust, international trade and competition policy, standards, patents
JEL: O34: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights / Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital; O3: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights; K21: Law and Economics / Regulation and Business Law / Antitrust Law; L41: Industrial Organization / Antitrust Issues and Policies / Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices; L4: Industrial Organization / Antitrust Issues and Policies; L43: Industrial Organization / Antitrust Issues and Policies / Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation
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