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The Role of Patents in two US Monopolization Cases


  • F. M. Scherer


The histories of two 'great' US monopolization cases involving high-technology monopolies are summarized in this article. Its foci are the practices that led to antitrust intervention, the timeliness of antitrust challenges, how the relevant authorities evaluated the role that innovation played as a possible explanation for monopoly, the remedies applied, and how those remedies affected incentives for continuing technological progress.

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  • F. M. Scherer, 2005. "The Role of Patents in two US Monopolization Cases," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(3), pages 297-305.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ijecbs:v:12:y:2005:i:3:p:297-305 DOI: 10.1080/13571510500299128

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    1. Steven C. Salop, 1979. "Monopolistic Competition with Outside Goods," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 10(1), pages 141-156, Spring.
    2. Alessandro Acquisti & Hal R. Varian, 2005. "Conditioning Prices on Purchase History," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 24(3), pages 367-381, May.
    3. J. Yannis Bakos, 1997. "Reducing Buyer Search Costs: Implications for Electronic Marketplaces," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 43(12), pages 1676-1692, December.
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    1. Giovanni Ramello, 2011. "Property rights and externalities: the uneasy case of knowledge," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 31(1), pages 123-141, February.

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