Intellectual Property, Competition, and Information Technology
UC Berkeley Competition Policy Center Working Paper No. CPC04-45
35 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2004
Date Written: March 2004
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
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