Intellectual Property Rights, External Effects, and Antitrust Law: Leveraging IPRs in the Communications Industry

Intellectual Property Rights, External Effects, and Antitrust Law: Leveraging IPRs in the Communications Industry

by Ilkka Rahnasto

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Intellectual Property Rights, External Effects, and Antitrust Law: Leveraging IPRs in the Communications Industry by Ilkka Rahnasto

The interplay between intellectual property protection and antitrust rules in the communications industry is examined in this timely book, with particular focus upon the role of externalities in that interplay. There is substantial discussion of the innovation process and of how companies leverage their intellectual property rights in order to obtain market leadership. Particular emphasis is also placed upon how legal doctrines have developed to cope with these issues, and related economic analysis is also discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199254286
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/28/2003
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ilkka Rahnasto is Head of the legal function of Nokia Corporation, specializing in Intellectual Property law. He is involved in the issues relating to IPR law and the IPR strategy of Nokia globally. Before joining Nokia he was a practising lawyer in Helsinki.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. How the tension between intellectual property protection and antitrust laws is balanced
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Supremacy of antitrust laws
2.3 Supremacy of intellectual property laws
2.4 Theory based on the scope of exclusive rights
2.5 Intellectual property rights as property
2.6 Cost-benefit theories
3. External effects and balancing theories
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Balance between intellectual property rights, competition and external effects in network-based value chain
4. External effects theory applied
4.1 Relevance of addressee/impact combination
4.2 Relevance of chosen action
4.3 Intellectual property and effects of technical design
4.4 Relevance of totality of circumstances
5. Fragmentation problem
5.1 Fragmentation and success of new products
5.2 Fragmentation problem introduced
5.3 The problem of anticommons in the communications industry
6. External effects of intellectual property rights in technology adoption
6.1 Tipping of scale
6.2 Technology adoption re-examined: standardization
7. Conclusions

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