Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

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Today’s economy is increasingly based on knowledge and innovation and driven by rapid advancements in information and communications technologies. New technologies create economic, cultural, social and educational opportunities for people to put ideas to work in innovative ways that increase productivity and create employment and wealth. Adequate protection of IP plays an important role in stimulating new technology development, artistic expression and knowledge dissemination, all of which are vital to the knowledge-based economy. In this context, IP becomes a valuable asset for firms’ profitability and growth. However, given the importance of IP, there is a risk that it may be used strategically to engage in anti-competitive conduct.