Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 4 No. 3 (Summer 1990)


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Antitrust Law and Innovation Cooperation

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Brodley, Joseph F. 1990. "Antitrust Law and Innovation Cooperation." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 4(3): 97-112.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.4.3.97


Should innovation collaboration among high technology firms be subject to the antitrust laws? My own analysis concludes that innovation collaboration, particularly when it encompasses production and marketing, can create anticompetitive risks, and should be subject to the antitrust laws. It appears unlikely that actual antitrust enforcement inhibits technological collaboration in any direct way because government enforcement is extremely permissive and no successful private cases have been brought in recent years. To the extent that misguided perceptions of antitrust risk may have discouraged some types of innovation collaboration, a few narrowly targeted reforms are sufficient to correct the problem.

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Brodley, Joseph F. (Boston U)

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612: Public Policy Towards Monopoly and Competition
621: Technological Change; Innovation; Research and Development: General


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