Exclusivity in High-Tech Industries: Evidence from the French Case
European Competition Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 163-181, 2012
19 Pages Posted: 20 May 2012 Last revised: 21 May 2012
Date Written: April 1, 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.
Keywords: Exclusive agreements, Vertical restraints, Antitrust remedies, High-Tech industries, French case law
JEL Classification: K21, L42
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