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Competition law and IP agreements

4 May 2018

There is a natural tension between (intellectual property) IP rights and competition law. On the one hand, IP rights grant a legal monopoly to the holder, while on the other hand, competition laws seek to control restrictive agreements and the use/abuse of a monopoly position.

In this practical webinar we provided an overview of the application of competition law to IP agreements and in particular:

  • a general overview of competition law and the consequences of not complying with the law
  • the application of the law in relation to restrictive agreements (Article 101(1) Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and Chapter I of the Competition Act) to IP licences and the availability of block exemption 'safe harbours' 
  • common competition law pitfalls and areas to watch out for when drafting IP agreements.

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