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Innovation, Competition And Consumer Welfare In Intellectual Property Law

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Innovation, Competition And Consumer Welfare In Intellectual Property Law

Gustavo Ghidini

Gustavo Ghidini, Professor of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, University of Milan and Director, Observatory on Intellectual Property, Competition and Communications Law, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy

2010 304 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 970 2

Hardback £83.00 on-line price £74.70


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‘We in the United States have much to learn not only from Gustavo Ghidini’s careful analysis of modern trends in the European IP regime but also from his thoughtful development of the thesis that free competition should be understood as the overarching principle guiding both IP protection and what we call antitrust law.’
– Rudolph J.R. Peritz, New York Law School, US and author of Competition Policy in America


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This authoritative book provides a comprehensive critical overview of the basic IP paradigms, such as patents, trademarks and copyrights. Their intersection with competition law and their impacts on the exercise of social welfare are analysed from an evolutionary perspective.

The analyses and proposals presented encompass the features and rationales of a legal field in constant evolution, and relate them to increasingly rapid technological, economic, social and geo-political developments. Gustavo Ghidini highlights the emerging trends that challenge the traditional ‘all-exclusionary’ vision of IP law and its application. The author expertly combines holistic, evolutionary and constitutionally oriented approaches, with the search for a rebalancing of the IP rights holders’ positions with citizens’ and users’ rights.

This book will appeal to academics, scholars and lawyers specializing in the realm of intellectual property, competition and comparative law.

Full table of contents

Contents: Preface by Giuliano Amato 1. Introduction: The Basic Paradigms and Constitutional Framework of Intellectual Property Law 2. Patent Protection of Innovations: A Monopoly with Pro-Competitive Antibodies 3. From Art to Technology: The Expansion of Copyright 4. The Distinguishing Function and Advertising Value of the Trademark: Aspects and Critique of the European Reform 5. Intellectual Property and Regulation(s) of Competition Appendix – On TRIPs and Developing Countries: ‘Don’t Do Unto Others...’ Index

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