Prof. Michael Carrier publishes “The Right to Repair, Competition, and Intellectual Property” in the ABA/IP section’s Landslide magazine.

Manufacturers have made it difficult for consumers to repair their products. And they have justified their restrictions in large part by claiming the need to protect their intellectual property (IP). This essay explains how justifications based on IP–in particular, copyrights, design patents, trademarks, and trade secrets–are not persuasive.