Intellectual Property, Competition, and Information Technology

UC Berkeley Competition Policy Center Working Paper No. CPC04-45

35 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2004

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Joseph Farrell

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics

Carl Shapiro

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Date Written: March 2004

Abstract

Professor Varian's overview analyzes a variety of competitive strategies used by high-tech companies. These strategies - such as personalized pricing, lock-in, and the adoption of uniform compatibility standards to fuel bandwagon effects - often rely on intellectual property, typically copyrights or patents. Since Professor Varian does not explore this issue at length, we complement his work by focusing on it.

Keywords: Intellectual property, copyrights, information technology, competition policy

JEL Classification: L4, O3, O34

Suggested Citation

Farrell, Joseph and Shapiro, Carl, Intellectual Property, Competition, and Information Technology (March 2004). UC Berkeley Competition Policy Center Working Paper No. CPC04-45. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=527782 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.527782

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Carl Shapiro

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