The OECD holds a roundtable on competition, patents and innovation

Executive summary, by the Secretariat Considering the discussion at the round table, the delegates' written submissions and the Secretariat's background paper, several key points emerge: (1) The pressure of competition can spur innovation, and so can the promise of exclusive intellectual property rights. But competition and patent protection each may have mixed effects on innovation incentives. These effects depend on circumstances and vary from one industry to another. These complications make it difficult to draw general conclusions. Innovation is responsible for most of the increase in material standards of living that has taken place since the industrial revolution. Some experts who have found that intellectual property rights ("IPR") regimes are conducive to innovation

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  • OECD - Competition Division (Paris)

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OECD, The OECD holds a roundtable on competition, patents and innovation, 1 October 2006, e-Competitions October 2006, Art. N° 85686

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