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Does competition law apply to the obtainment, grant, acquisition, exercise and transfer of intellectual property rights?
Which authorities are responsible for the application of competition law to intellectual property rights? What enforcement powers do they have? Are there any special procedures for conduct that concerns intellectual property rights?
How are markets involving intellectual property rights defined?
Acquisition and sale
Does competition law apply to the obtainment or grant and transfer or assignment of intellectual property rights?
How does competition law apply to technology transfer and licensing agreements?
Market power and dominance
In what circumstances is the possession of intellectual property rights deemed to confer substantial market power on the holder such that the rules on unilateral conduct will apply?
In what circumstances may unilateral conduct involving the exercise of intellectual property rights be deemed to be anticompetitive (monopolisation, abuse of dominance, etc)?
In what circumstances may patent settlements be deemed to infringe competition law?
Merger control (jurisdiction)
In what circumstances will the transfer of intellectual property rights constitute a merger for the purposes of competition law?
Merger control (substantive)
In what circumstances will a merger involving intellectual property rights be deemed anticompetitive? Are there any special considerations for mergers involving intellectual property rights or innovation markets?
How, in general, does competition law treat the development of standards in standard-development organisations (SDOs), and the exercise of intellectual property rights for technology that may be essential to a standard?
Standardisation and anticompetitive agreements
How do competition law rules on agreements, concerted practices, etc, apply to the standardisation process?
Standardisation and unilateral conduct
How do competition rules on unilateral conduct apply to the exercise of intellectual property rights for technology that may be essential to a standard?
Recent cases and other developments
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