The Right to Repair, Competition, and Intellectual Property

15 Landslide (Dec. 2022 / Jan. 2023)

15 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2023

Date Written: January 10, 2023


Manufacturers have made it difficult for consumers to repair their products. And they have justified their restrictions in large part by claiming the need to protect their intellectual property (IP). This essay explains how justifications based on IP--in particular, copyrights, design patents, trademarks, and trade secrets--are not persuasive.

Keywords: right to repair, copyright, design patent, trademark, trade secret, competition, antitrust

JEL Classification: K20, K21, L82, O30, O31, O33, O34

Suggested Citation

Carrier, Michael A., The Right to Repair, Competition, and Intellectual Property (January 10, 2023). 15 Landslide (Dec. 2022 / Jan. 2023), Available at SSRN:

Michael A. Carrier (Contact Author)

Rutgers Law School ( email )

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