The OECD holds a roundtable on intellectual property rights

Key documents: Executive Summary with key findings, Detailled Summary of the discussion, Background note Executive summary, by the Secretariat Considering the discussion at the roundtable, the delegate submissions and the background paper, a number of key points emerge: (1) Competition policy and intellectual property (IP) policy are interdependent and affect each other in important ways. Overzealous enforcement of competition laws against IP owners can damage the incentives to innovate that IP systems are designed to foster. On the other hand, when IP is excessively easy to obtain, it may lead to market power, to the detriment of competition and consumers. Therefore, in an “easy patentability” environment, for example, competition agencies and courts tend to compensate by using

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  • OECD - Competition Division (Paris)

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OECD, The OECD holds a roundtable on intellectual property rights , 1 June 2004, e-Competitions June 2004, Art. N° 85724

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