Antitrust Chronicle – Enabling The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Antitrust Chronicle – Enabling The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Dear Readers, The June 2018 CPI Antitrust Chronicle addresses issues related to the fifth annual LeadershIP Conference, “Enabling the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” which took place in Washington, D.C. on April 10th. The panelists at the conference came from the private and public sectors: regulators, academics and private practitioners. We are pleased to have articles from […]

CPI Talks… With Makan Delrahim

CPI Talks… With Makan Delrahim

An interview by Judge Douglas Ginsburg –  Makan Delrahim, the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust at the U.S. Department of Justice, delivered the keynote address at the LeadershIP Conference on IP, Antitrust, and Innovation Policy, which was co-sponsored by Competition Policy International. Following up on that discussion, Mr. Delrahim graciously agreed to answer the following […]

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 […]