Data and Technology Transfer: Competition Law in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Technology transfer is crucial for the commercialisation of inventive and creative
activity, as well as for industrial and societal development. In assessing whether
the 4IR can spur innovation in sensitive sectors such as energy production and
storage, carbon emission reduction, sustainable food production, and environmental
preservation, equality in access to technological progress will be key in providing
a sustainable development path for future generations. Traditionally, technology
transfer has been a topic that has been defined by OECD. This contribution asks
the question whether the traditional outlook on technology transfer is still suitable
for the 4IR data-driven economy, where the crucial building blocks for innovation
comprise (non-)personal data and artificial intelligence next to traditional technical
means. The 4IR therefore requires greater regulatory oversight from competition
authorities where data mining and processing is considered as a crucial element in
the assessment of market dominance and potential abusive behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Intellectual Property Law and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
EditorsC. Heath, A. Kamperman Sanders, A. Moerland
Place of PublicationAlphen a/d Rijn
PublisherKluwer Law International
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789403522135, 9789403522142
ISBN (Print)9789403522128
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

SeriesIEEM Series on International Intellectual Property Law

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