Innovation for the 21st Century
Michael A. Carrier
Reviews and Awards
"Michael Carrier's Innovation for the 21st Century is sure to be an influential book in the area of intellectual property and competition policy. Carrier does an excellent job of summarizing the problems of IP and proposes workable solutions that come from both competition law and the IP laws themselves. Unlike many of the books and articles that fault the patent system in particular, but offer little in the way of a solution, Carrier asserts strong, creative ideas for reform. He offers ten specific proposals in the areas of antitrust, patents and copyright to make the competition policy/intellectual property system encourage innovation. This book will give law makers, judges, academics, students and all readers interested in innovation and competition policy a great deal
to think about."
The University of Iowa College of Law
"Michael Carrier's new book is an innovation in itself. Many scholars write about antitrust, or patent, or copyright law, each one an area of specialization. What Carrier does is to combine these three fields to create a fourth-innovation law and policy. To do this, Carrier not only lucidly describes each of these three fields but, drawing on current social science theory, shows how legal doctrines in each of these fields should be interpreted to promote innovation in our economy. His conclusions will be of great interest not only to lawyers trying to solve current legal problems but also to policy makers concerned with providing the correct incentives for innovation."
New York University School of Law
"Innovation drives our industry, attracts the best talent, and wins fame and fortune for its leaders. Patents, copyrights, and trademarks were created to protect intellectual property and encourage innovation. In this book Professor Michael Carrier elegantly connects innovation to these legal concepts and introduces creative suggestions for improvements. The very laws that were created to protect and foster innovation are in many cases having the opposite effect. Carrier explains why and how to better promote innovation in the 21st century."
"[Innovation for the 21st Century] is impressive and worth including in your antitrust/intellectual property/innovation policy library. The book tackles the difficult task of reconciling intellectual property law and antitrust law. Professor Carrier's achievement is a remarkable one."
University of Wisconsin Law School
"I want to join the rest of the participants in [the virtual symposium on Innovation for the 21st Century] congratulating Professor Carrier on an excellent and well-written book emerging out of a thoughtful and ambitious project. The project, and the book, are provocative, important contributions to the literature, and usefully synthesize many of the most important debates in both antitrust and intellectual property."
George Mason University School of Law
"Provides an excellent primer on antitrust, IP, and innovation. [Carrier] synthesizes the legal and economic foundations, contours, and controversies in an accessible fashion. I applaud him for doing this because frankly, it is tough to do given that the fields are quite technical and specialized. The book really is appropriate for a general audience."
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
"Michael A. Carrier doesn't look radical. The intense Rutgers Law School professor seems every bit an ex-Washington corporate lawyer, federal appeals court clerk, and Yale and Michigan Law honors graduate. But his proposals for business-competition law and policy have the potential to shake Big Pharma and telecom companies, including some of Philadelphia's major employers, right down to their patented, copyrighted, and Washington-regulated foundations."
--Joseph N. DiStefano,
"Carrier explains in very clear language with a lot of good examples what the problems are regarding patents, trademarks, and copyrights, [and] he comes up with ingenious, concrete, and concise answers. Maybe some of Carrier's lessons will be taken into account for the next amendment [to China's patent law]."
"The Pirate Bay judgment (and the discussion in Europe as far as I know) lacks perspective on peer-to-peer networks and innovation. Perhaps the Svea Court of Appeal (Sweden) will reverse this decision, if the judges read professor Michael A. Carrier's excellent new book Innovation For the 21st Century."
-- Mats Bjorkenfeldt,
"This is an impressive work. Its synthesis of three complex legal regimes -- patent, copyright, and antitrust -- with a clear focus on their instrumental role in facilitating or frustrating innovation is a major accomplishment...the book correctly and forcefully frames the legal and policy issues...Professor Carrier has produced a timely and important book."
--Peter Carstensen, University of Wisconsin Law School
The Antitrust Bulletin: Vol. 56, No. 1/Spring 2011