Regulating Innovation: Competition Policy and Patent Law under Uncertainty



The regulation of innovation and the optimal design of legal institutions in an environment of uncertainty are two of the most important policy challenges of the twenty-first century. Innovation is critical to economic growth. Regulatory design decisions and, in particular, competition policy and intellectual property regimes can have profound consequences for economic growth. However, remarkably little is known about the relationship between innovation, competition, and regulatory policy. Any legal regimemust attempt to assess the trade-offs associatedwith rules thatwill affect incentives to innovate and allocate efficiency, competition, and freedom of economic actors to commercialize the fruits of their innovative labors. The chapters in this book approach this critical set of problems from an economic perspective, relying on the tools ofmicroeconomics, quantitative analysis, and comparative institutional analysis to explore and begin to provide answers to the myriad of challenges facing policy makers.

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