Thursday, May 2, 2013
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
Innovation, Competition Law and IP Rights by Professor Herbert Hovenkamp in June 2013
About the course
In the modern knowledge economy companies are striving to achieve competitive advantage by expanding their IP rights portfolio. For this companies are employing IP as a way to harm their competitors or as a monetary exchange in IP related transactions. However as recent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector demonstrates competition law and IP law disputes are interconnected.
The course will analyse the value of competition law in addressing a variety of practices used in innovation-intensive markets. These include the interconnection of networks, ‘duties to deal’, the licensing and distribution of IP rights (standard setting organisations and patent pools) and reverse settlements as adopted by firms active in the manufacturing and delivery of services or non-practising entities, drawing from examples in both EU and US law.
The course will also consider the uses and limitations of competition law and policy as a vehicle for promoting innovation. It will also examine realistic reforms that can be undertaken in IP law and competition law across various sectors of the economy as well as the practical implications of that interaction for a number of commercial practices.
Accreditation: This course is accredited with 16 CPD hours by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. It also constitutes relevant CPD by IPReg.
Fees: £450 for the full course