IP LeadershIP DC: Key Takeaways and The Path Forward

IP LeadershIP DC: Key Takeaways and The Path Forward

By Kirti Gupta –  The fifth annual IP LeadershIP 2018 conference in Washington DC began with the broad recognition of the critical importance of 5G/IoT technologies in enabling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, followed by topics that explored IP and competition policies needed to ensure its success. The panels and the keynote addresses by Congressman Steve […]

The Antitrust Assault on Intellectual Property

The Antitrust Assault on Intellectual Property

By David J. Kappos –  The importance of intellectual property (“IP”) and its role in promoting economic growth and consumer welfare have long been recognized in the U.S. Despite the risks involved in tampering with a system that has benefitted this country, some U.S. Government agencies have in recent years been anything but careful in […]

The Policy Challenge of Artificial Intelligence

The Policy Challenge of Artificial Intelligence

By James Bessen –  The new technologies of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” promise to bring major policy challenges. Perhaps the biggest challenge that new information technologies pose to intellectual property and antitrust policy is their effect on the diffusion of knowledge. Increasingly, large firms are becoming more dominant in their markets and information technology is […]

Enabling Technology, Social Returns to Innovation, and Antitrust: The Tragedy Of Depressed Royalties

Enabling Technology, Social Returns to Innovation, and Antitrust: The Tragedy Of Depressed Royalties

By David J. Teece –  Innovation is the handmaiden of competition and economic growth. Few activities have larger payoffs than investment in activities which support innovation, especially R&D. However, inventors and private firms often struggle to capture an adequate return because of spillovers which benefit other firms and consumers. Social returns are at minimum three […]

Standards Development Organizations as Two-Sided Markets

Standards Development Organizations as Two-Sided Markets

By Anne Layne-Farrar –  Payment cards and dating websites may be the most famous examples of two-sided markets, but technology standard development organizations (“SDOs”) offer another example of two-sided platforms. How SDOs set the rules for their members can have wide-reaching effects – including on the SDO’s ability to attract and keep participants. This short […]

Competition, Innovation and Intellectual Property… The Elusive Balance

Competition, Innovation and Intellectual Property… The Elusive Balance

By Sir Philip Lowe –  In this article, Philip Lowe assesses the progress made so far in promoting international convergence in antitrust law and practice. Considerable efforts have been made to reach consensus between jurisdictions, both on substance and process. The OECD and the International Competition Network have played an important role in this. Despite […]

Antitrust Chronicle – Diving into Online Platforms

Antitrust Chronicle – Diving into Online Platforms

Dear Readers, Online platforms remain an ever growing hot topic within the antitrust community around the world. The rapid expansion of online platforms, such as ride hailing or accommodation sharing applications, has given rise to concerns from competition authorities and policymakers. This month’s CPI Antitrust Chronicle focuses on the latest developments in the intersection of […]