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Competition Policy and Property Rights

18 Pages Posted: 10 May 2010  

John Vickers

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 19, 2010


One of the most controversial questions in current competition policy is when, if ever, should competition law require a firm with market power to share its property, notably intellectual property, with its rivals? And if supply is required, on what terms? These questions are discussed with reference to recent law cases including the EC Microsoft judgment of 2007 and the US linkLine case of 2009. The analysis focuses on whether competition law and regulation are complements or substitutes and on incentives for investment and (sequential) innovation.

Suggested Citation

Vickers, John, Competition Policy and Property Rights (February 19, 2010). The Economic Journal, Vol. 120, Issue 544, pp. 375-392, May 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1601556 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2010.02360.x

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