The Economics of Patents and Copyright

Leveque, Francois and Ménière, Yann, The Economics of Patents and Copyright. MONOGRAPH, Berkeley Electronic Press, July 2004. Available at SSRN:; [PDF]

This ebook is a primer on the economics of intellectual property, meant to be accessible to non-economists. While intellectual property is more than ever at the heart of so-called knowledge economies, it aims to show the contribution that economic analysis can make to the current debates on the increasing role of patents and copyright. It pinpoints the imperfections of the IP system both in the EU and in the US, and discusses possible remedies. The book provides the reader with a general framework of analysis highlighting the economic functions of intellectual property rights. Using this framework, it revisits successively the evolution and specificities of patent law and of copyright law. A final Chapter is devoted to the the interface between intellectual property law and antitrust law. The book contains abundant examples and gives a large place to the findings of empirical economic research. The book is widely used as a textbook in IP law courses.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 61

Keywords: Patent, Copyright, Innovation, Antitrust

JEL Classifications: O3


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