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The New Technology Transfer Block Exemption under EC Competition Law


This article looks at the recently published new EC block exemption regulation for ‘technology transfer’ agreements and the accompanying Guidelines. The purpose of this paper is to (a) discuss the importance of IP licensing in the broader economic context (what degree of market power should be conferred on licensors?); (b) set out the general scheme of the new system introduced by the technology transfer block exemption; (c) examine specific types of restraints; and (d) identify the key changes introduced by the new technology transfer block exemption, compared to the old one.


This article first appeared in the Legal Issues of Economic Integration 31(3): 161–184, 2004 and has been reprinted with the permission of Kluwer Law International



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