Putting Together a Competitive Puzzle: How to Understand and Assemble the Pieces of the New Madison Approach


The New Madison Approach, championed by former Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, sets forth a framework for understanding how antitrust law, patent law, and contract law intersect and interrelate in the field of technology standards. Commentators often conflate these divergent, but complementary, areas of law and seek to substitute one for the other, especially in disputes involving standard essential patents. In doing so, they often arrive at the conclusion that the puzzle is missing some pieces. By recognizing the work that each of these doctrines can and should do, the New Madison Approach solves the puzzle and presents an appealing picture of competition in the innovation age.