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By Dr Ian McEwin


Intellectual property laws grant exclusive rights to creators, discoverers and inventors. These exclusive rights give the right to exclude others from copying or using the work or invention. Competition laws are meant to protect competitive processes. Certain conduct is prohibited such as collusion or predatory conduct intended to reduce the level of competition in a market (such as excluding competitors or preventing new entry).

Traditionally, it was thought that intellectual property and competition laws were in conflict – because intellectual property laws granted a ‘monopoly’ over an idea. These days they are seen as complements – both are designed (or should be designed) to promote long-term dynamic competition.

This talk will examine the inter-action between intellectual property and competition law from a law and economics perspective and will offer some policy suggestions in the light of recent developments in Singapore to encourage intellectual property development.

About the Speaker

Dr Ian McEwin
LLB (Hons), PhD (Economics) (ANU). Principal Economist, Markets Analysis Division,
Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore.

Ian McEwin is Principal Economist, Markets Analysis Division at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore. He has a PhD in economics and a LLB (with 1st Class Honours) from the Australian National University. He was a Reader and Foundation Director of the Centre for Law and Economics in the Law Faculty at the Australian National University. He has published both in economics and law journals in the economics of tort law, corporate law, competition law and the regulation of the legal profession. He is admitted as a legal practitioner in the Australian Capital Territory and has been an expert witness in major competition, telecommunications and damages valuation cases in Australia and New Zealand. He has held visiting appointments at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford, the Law Faculty at George Mason University in Washington and the Business School at the University of Chicago.



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