The Harper Review – IP update
As promised last week, we have kicked off our series of posts on the Final Report of the Harper Panel with a look at implications for the intersection of IP and competition laws.
Our colleagues over on IP Whiteboard have put together a detailed overview of the Report’s conclusions on the impact of the intellectual property regime on innovation, trade and competition policy.
In summary, the Final Report:
- retains the emphasis in the Draft Report on the need to address the impact of disruptive technologies (such as 3D printing and the widespread dissemination of material online); and
- recognises the inherent conflict in IP policy between facilitating the exploitation of new technologies to their full extent (which may enhance productivity), and encouraging ideas and innovation.
Read the full post by Daniella Phair and the team here.