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Competition Policy and Innovation

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  • Carl Shapiro

This paper seeks to improve understanding of the links between innovation and competition policy. It is intended to help OECD Member countries identify ways in which they can design and implement policies that best promote innovation while protecting against anti-competitive behaviour. Special attention is given to the need for firms to co-operate during the innovation process, e.g. by forming joint ventures and by engaging in co-operative standard setting activities, and the special challenges such co-operation poses for competition policy. The paper specifically addresses competition challenges that arise from inter-firm co-operation that aims to commercialise inventions, diffuse innovation more broadly throughout the economy, or extend and elaborate on existing technology. Although the economic principles articulated here apply across the entire economy, the paper focuses attention on the information and communications technology sector, where the opportunities for innovation ... Politique de la concurrence et innovation Ce papier a pour objectif de contribuer à une meilleure compréhension des relations entre innovation et politique de la concurrence afin d’aider les pays-Membres de l’OCDE à identifier des orientations pour la conception et la mise en œuvre de politiques de soutien à l’innovation tout en restreignant les pratiques anti-concurrentielles. Une attention spéciale est portée sur les besoins de coopération entre firmes au cours du processus d’innovation, à travers notamment la formation de joint ventures ou la détermination de standards communs, ainsi que sur les enjeux posés à la politique concurrentielle par la coopération technologique. Dans cette perspective, ce papier discute spécifiquement des enjeux liés à la concurrence que soulèvent les coopérations inter-firmes ayant pour objectifs la commercialisation des inventions, l’accroissement de la diffusion des innovations dans l’économie, ou encore l’élaboration à partir de technologies existantes. Bien que les principes économiques ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers with number 2002/11.

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Date of creation: 22 Apr 2002
Handle: RePEc:oec:stiaaa:2002/11-en
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