Handbook on European Competition Law

Handbook on European Competition Law

Substantive Aspects

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Edited by Ioannis Lianos and Damien Geradin

Handbook on European Competition Law: Substantive Aspects sets the context for examination of substantive law by reviewing and analyzing the goals of competition law. It then covers the substantive building blocks of EU competition law, including horizontal and vertical agreements, cartels, mergers, and also provides valuable coverage of the interaction between competition and regulation, hub and spoke collusion, and information exchange agreements. The importance of the abuse of dominance doctrine is reflected in three discrete chapters considering exploitative abuses, exclusionary pricing abuses, and exclusionary non-pricing abuses.

Chapter 13: Innovation, IPRs and EU competition law

Steven Anderman

Subjects: economics and finance, competition policy, law - academic, competition and antitrust law, european law


The intellectual property laws governing patents and industrial copyright are often portrayed as the wellsprings of innovation because of the legal monopoly they offer as a reward and incentive to inventors and creators, whereas the ‘external’ restrictions imposed by the EU competition laws rules on the exercise of intellectual property rights (‘IPRs’) have sometimes been argued to have the effect of lessening these incentives to innovation and hence innovation in general. The contention has been made in several contexts. It has been urged as a defence in antitrust litigation involving companies with enormous market power. It has been used as an argument for clearer and stronger intellectual property (‘IP’) protection for inventors and creators. Finally, it has been used as argument for limiting the scope of competition laws.

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