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Vol 23 No 5 May/June 2018

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Innovation and Competition Policy

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ISBN13: 9789041109453
ISBN: 9041109455
Published: December 0002
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Format: Hardback
Price: £128.95

An examination of the impact of regulation on the strategies of firms engaged in innovation, focusing on several key issues: the various economic aspects of patent rights; the competitive exploitation of the patent rights, in the form of licensing; and the use of collaborative R&D arrangements as a means of reducing the costs of, and difficulties associated with, new product development. In each case, reference is made not only to judicial decisions but also to economic theory and the actual practices of firms in the market place. A comparative approach is adopted, with a review of past and current regulatory practices in the US and the EC. The book also examines how the US and EC have each dealt with research and development joint ventures, and with other pre-distribution collaborative arrangements, including the National Cooperative Research and Production Act in the United States and the EC's block exemption for research and development arrangements.

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Patent law in the US and the EC; economic aspects of patent rights; general framework of anti-trust and competition law and regulation in the US, the EC and Japan; innovation and collaboration; licensing arrangements; joint ventures; collaborative business relationships other than joint ventures; collaboration and competition regulation; development of judicial and regulatory policies relating to patent licensing arrangements; regulation of common licensing practices in the US and the EC; principles for review of joint ventures under US anti-trust and Ec competition law; development of judicial and regulatory policies in the US and the EC relating to joint ventures; egulation of research and development and production joint ventures in the US and the EC; conclusions and areas for further study.