Intellectual Property Rights, External Effects, and Anti-trust Law: Leveraging IPRs in the…

Hardcover | July 10, 2003

byIlkka Rahnasto

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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 companiesleverage 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.

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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 companiesleverage their intellectual property rights in o...

Ilkka Rahnasto is Vice President 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.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:July 10, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199254281

ISBN - 13:9780199254286

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. How the tension between intellectual property protection and antitrust laws is balanced2.1 Introduction2.2 Supremacy of antitrust laws2.3 Supremacy of intellectual property laws2.4 Theory based on the scope of exclusive rights2.5 Intellectual property rights as property2.6 Cost-benefit theories3. External effects and balancing theories3.1 Introduction3.2 Balance between intellectual property rights, competition and external effects in network-based value chain4. External effects theory applied4.1 Relevance of addressee/impact combination4.2 Relevance of chosen action4.3 Intellectual property and effects of technical design4.4 Relevance of totality of circumstances5. Fragmentation problem5.1 Fragmentation and success of new products5.2 Fragmentation problem introduced5.3 The problem of anticommons in the communications industry6. External effects of intellectual property rights in technology adoption6.1 Tipping of scale6.2 Technology adoption re-examined: standardization7. Conclusions

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`it is certainly worth reading for those who practise in this field, as it is rare to find an IP book specifically to communications...To have the view of a Nokia lawyer on IP is itself good enough reason to buy the book...The book is very well researched, with an impressive list of cases, andlooks at the external effects of IP rights...All in all, it is a good and interesting book for those involved with competition law, IP and/or the communications industry.'Susan Singleton (Singletons), New Law Journal