IP Rights and EU Competition Law: Can Your IP Licensing Agreement Benefit From Safe Harbour?

In 2004, the European Commission adopted a block exemption regulation on transfer of technology licensing, which covers certain types of know-how and patent licensing. Compliance with the block exemption enables companies to benefit from a safe harbour from the application of the competition rules. However, the availability of the block exemption is subject to a complex set of rules that are explained in this article.

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