Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Monday, November 15, 2004

IP Stifling Competition

Technology Daily reported on Friday, Nov. 12, on an announcement by officials at the Department of Justice and the FTC of continued study of the anti-competitive effects of intellectual property.  Referring to an October DoJ report dealing with copyright piracy, the article mentions efforts by both agencies to collaborate on further study of the effects of copyright that builds on the FTC report of November 2003 that deal largely with the anti-competitive effects of patents.  John Delacourt, chief antitrust counsel for the FTC's office of policy planning, is quoted in the article as follows:   "At its most basic level, an intellectual property right is a specialized restraint of trade. It will confer a significant competitive advantage."

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