If you ever thought you were clever, now's the time to put your intellect to the test. Oxford University Press has recently launched a new periodical, the Journal of Competition Law & Economics. Published quarterly and edited by Damien Geradin and J. Gregory Sidak, it promises in-depth economic analyses of competition law, together with economic papers relevant to legal theory and practice.
What does the new journal have for IP enthusiasts? Well, the editorial board includes Richard Posner (US Court of Appeals), Stephen Kon (SJ Berwin), Nick Green QC (Brick Court Chambers) and John Temple Lang (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton) -- all being names that are least familiar to many members of the intellectual property community. Issue 1 was not for IP lawyers, though the IT fraternity would have appreciated the lengthy empirical analysis by Jerry A. Hausman and J. Gregory Sidak of the competitive impact of compulsory unbundling of telecoms services. This actually sets the IPKat thinking: since this is really much more of an economists' journal than a lawyers' one, it would be useful for lawyers if a table could be published in each issue, listing the principal legal measures and cases referred to. This will make sure that they don't miss the issues they want to read because they haven't grasped the terminology in which they're clothed.