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The Delicate Desire for Monopoly

Joshua Gans
University of Toronto
Core Research

Innovator

Patent

Innovator Distance from substitutes

Patent

Claims
on complements

Facilitates
competition

Can harm
competition

Innovator

Disclosure
SSOs
Open licensing
Patent pools Licensing
Access

Patent

Claims
on complements

Standards SSO rules

Can create markets Can soften competition

Innovator Negotiate
rent division Patent Acquire portfolios
Litigation/exclusion
Regulatory processes

Innovator

Patent

Consumers

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Innovator

Patent

Patent

Arguments focus on dire consequences


But rms have common ground in securing agreement
Can Commission have role beyond rent division?