Exclusivity in High-Tech Industries: Evidence from the French Case
University of Nice Sophia Antipolis - Law, Economics, and Management Research Group (UMR CNRS 7321 GREDEG)
Frédéric M. Marty
Research Group on Law, Economics and Management (UMR CNRS 7321 GREDEG) / Université Nice Sophia Antipolis; OFCE
Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion (GREDEG)
Law, Economics, and Management Research Group
April 1, 2012
European Competition Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 163-181, 2012
The iPhone exclusivity deal illustrates the complex issue of exclusive arrangements in high-tech industries. Previous law cases on broadcasting right restrictions also highlighted the risk of anticompetitive foreclosure through such contractual clauses. This paper questions the French competition authorities’ decisions in the light of economic analysis. If such exclusive agreements foster incentives to invest and innovate, they may also be considered as exclusionary practices.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: Exclusive agreements, Vertical restraints, Antitrust remedies, High-Tech industries, French case law
JEL Classification: K21, L42
Date posted: May 20, 2012 ; Last revised: May 21, 2012
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