ANTITRUST AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
(LAWF-4110) - 2 UNITS
The law at the interface of antitrust and intellectual property has evolved over time. Patents and copyrights were thought to convey limited monopolies and viewed with skepticism by scholars and antitrust enforcers. Many licensing practices have been prohibited by antitrust law. Antitrust law and intellectual property are now thought to be complementary, both promoting competition interests and innovation. This course will explore how antitrust law has changed to accommodate the licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights, and how the landscape continues to develop. This course will cover intellectual property licensing (including rules such as the Nine No-Nos), refusals to license, patent pooling, standard setting, patent and trademark settlements, copyright licensing, sham litigation, IP acquisition, and international perspectives. The course also will explore how changes in the law affect stakeholders differently.