Intellectual Property, Competition Rules, and the Emerging Internal Market: Some Thoughts on the European Exhaustion Doctrine

45 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2008

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Guido Westkamp

Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI); Queen Mary University of London - Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS); University of Münster - Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Although the European intellectual property law concept of the doctrine of exhaustion appears superficially straightforward, uncertainty as to its doctrinal foundations remains. The author explores the status of the doctrine, its interpretation and scope within European Community law, and the pertinent issues regarding the doctrine in relation to both domestic and cross-border issues. The complex structure of the doctrine of exhaustion has made it difficult to formulate more refined rules governing licensing provisions restricting the free circulation of goods. The result of this analysis indicates conflict between the freedom to provide goods and services under European Community law and classifying economic rights in intellectual property.

Keywords: Intllectual Property, Distribution, Exhaustion, Free Movement of Goods, Competition Law

Suggested Citation

Westkamp, Guido, Intellectual Property, Competition Rules, and the Emerging Internal Market: Some Thoughts on the European Exhaustion Doctrine (2007). Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1115423

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Queen Mary University of London - Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) ( email )

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University of Münster - Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law ( email )

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