Ensuring a high rate of innovation and productivity improvement is at the core of the challenges facing the Canadian economy as we approach the next century. The sound application of well-designed government policies to maximize incentives for innovative activity while maintaining vigorous interfirm rivalry in markets is vital to meeting the challenge.In contemplating such matters, we must be mindful not only of domestic concerns, but also of developments abroad. In recent times, the United States, the European Community and Japan have all revisited the treatment of intellectual property under their respective competition laws, and issued formal guidelines regarding enforcement policies in this area.This volume is the outcome of a research exercise initiated by the Competition Bureau in cooperation with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the Micro-Economic Policy Analysis Branch of Industry Canada. It includes substantive papers authored by leading international academic and legal scholars, as well as select government policy analysts with experience working in competition agencies in Canada and the United States.
Book News Two dozen legal and economic scholars from both sides of the border and beyond analyze a key microeconomic challenge facing Canada and its peers: maximizing incentives for innovation while maintaining fair competition, with a special emphasis on patents and licensing practices. Culminates in a summary of a roundtable discussion from a 1996 authors' symposium reviewing drafts of these ten papers, and conclusions. Also issued in French. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.