The interface of competition policy and intellectual property rights (IPRs) is crucial for the economic dynamics of developing as well as of industrialized countries seeking to promote innovation, technology transfer, a fair chance for competitive firms on the markets and affordable good quality products for consumers.
IPR-related anticompetitive practices may involve collusion, suppression of incentives to innovate or exclusion of competitors. Some specific restrictions in licensing agreements may involve territorial restrictions or exclusivity, in violation of some jurisdictions’ competition laws. Major challenges include the imposition of abusive terms and the refusal to license or deal.
As requested by the Directorate General for Intellectual Property Rights (DGIPR) to UNCTAD, the objectives of the workshop are:
(i) to enhance the knowledge and capacity of the participants in developing appropriate IPRs and Competition Policy;
(ii) to exchange national experiences and best practices in addressing the challenges of managing IPRs and Competition Policy.
The expect outcomes of the event should be the following:
- Knowledge and capacity of the participants in developing appropriate IPRs and Competition Policy enhanced.
- National experiences and best practices in addressing the challenges of managing IPRs and Competition Policy discussed.
- Cooperation between KPPU and DGIPR established
- Mr. Hassan Qaqaya
Head of the UNCTAD Competition and Consumer Policies Branch
- Mr. Kiyoshi Adachi
Chief of the Intellectual Property Unit of the Division on Investment and Enterprise
- Mr. Pierre Horna
Officer-in-charge of the COMPAL Programme of UNCTAD Competition and Consumer Policies Branch
Japanese Fair Trade Commission experts:
- Mr. Sadaaki Suwazono, Director, International Affairs Division, Secretariat, the Japan Fair Trade Commission.
- Mr. Masakazu Okumura, Attaché at the Indonesian Competition Authority (KPPU)
DGIPR and KPPU case handlers