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Antitrust

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Intellectual Property Law

Boston University School of Law

2003

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Vertical Restraints And Intellectual Property Law: Beyond Antitrust, Michael J. Meurer Jan 2003

Vertical Restraints And Intellectual Property Law: Beyond Antitrust, Michael J. Meurer

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This Article describes how intellectual property (IP) law regulates six types of vertical restraints: restrictions on the field or location of use; restrictions on sharing; control over the frequency of use; restrictions on repair and modification; packaging requirements; and impediments to a buyer's decision to exit its relationship with a seller. There are three reasons to focus on IP oversight of vertical restraints separately from antitrust oversight. First, IP law covers a broader range of vertical restraints. Second, economic analysis of the antitrust-IP conflict focuses mainly on the potential of vertical restraints to exclude downstream competitors. IP doctrines that regulate …