Competition Policy for Industry Standards

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Richard Gilbert

University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: October 2012


This paper is a chapter in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on International Antitrust Economics. The chapter surveys issues raised by the development of industry standards, whether accomplished through a formal standard setting committee structure or the activities of a single sponsor. The focus is on the tradeoff between the benefits from standards and possible costs that standards and the activity of standard development may impose on consumers. A particular focus is on the consequences of intellectual property rights for standards.

Keywords: standards, intellectual property, patents, competition, antitrust

JEL Classification: D23, D4, D71, K21, L10, L44, O34

Suggested Citation

Gilbert, Richard, Competition Policy for Industry Standards (October 2012). Available at SSRN: or

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