A must for anyone wishing to exploit intellectual property rights in the European Economic Area.
This book focuses on the relationship between exploitation of intellectual property (licence agreements) and competition law, assessing compliance of licence agreements with articles 81 and 82 EC Treaty.Whereas granting licences can be regarded as part of the normal exercise of intellectual property rights, the conditions to which licences are subject, such as exclusive rights, restrictions on output, sales and use, non-compete clauses, etc., can, pursuant to article 81 EC Treaty entail prohibited restrictions of competition that may result in sanctions such as annulment of the agreement, or of a part thereof. An important "safe harbour" may however be available under Community law since the entry into force of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 772/2004 on technology transfer agreements. The Microsoft cases illustrate that a refusal to licence intellectual property may lead to an abuse of a dominant position prohibited by article 82 EC Treaty resulting in considerable fines for the IP owner. Finally this book addresses the relationship between licence agreements and the Internal Market (free movement of goods within the European Economic Area).
A legal reference book: an in depth and highly up-to-date analysis invaluable for everyone exploiting or having the intention to exploit intellectual property rights in the European Economic Area.
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