Archive | Patent/Related rights


What is ‘patent holdup’? Should it be regulated? If yes, how?

By 4 June 2016 0

On January 6, 2016, the Liège Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII) organized a half-day conference around the question: “Regulating Patent ‘Holdup’?” (you can find the program and the slides of the presentations here; you can also read the full summary of the proceedings). The organizers kindly invited me to close the conference by giving some concluding remarks. […]

Incumbents and the sharing economy: the example of GM

By 30 January 2016 9

It is safe to say that the automotive industry experiences some turmoil; cars themselves, as well as the way we are using them, are changing profoundly. Traditional, petrol-powered, cars are slowly being replaced by electric cars and potentially fully autonomous vehicles. On the consumer level, a shift in consumption patterns, away from ownership to usage, […]

How Does Increased Investor Protection Enhance the Dissemination of Knowledge?

By 19 January 2016 0

This article is the second part of a three-piece series written by Lukas Vanhonnaeker (for the first part, see here). Lukas Vanhonnaeker is a doctoral candidate at McGill University. After completing his bilingual (French/English) bachelor’s degree in law at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (Brussels, Belgium) in 2010, Mr Vanhonnaeker received his law degree (cum laude) […]

Time to fix patents, says The Economist, but how?

By 30 November 2015 73

This picture illustrated the cover of the August 8th-14th 2015 issue of The Economist. In the leading article (p. 9 and here), The Economist takes a clear position: “Time to fix patents“. “Ideas fuel the economy. Today’s patent systems are a rotten way of rewarding them. ”   For the economists of The Economist, the […]

Do standard setting organizations’ rules stand in the way of innovation?

By 17 July 2015 12

This article is the third part of a three-piece series that discusses the incentives and the challenges for firms to engage in open IP practices. Standards are an invisible yet inherent part of our day-to-day life. You might not be aware of it but in this exact moment, as you are about to read this […]

Open-source to the rescue: innovative ways of dealing with the carbon crisis

By 22 June 2015 35

This article is the second part of a three-piece series that discusses the incentives and the challenges for firms to engage in open IP practices. The more the merrier As discussed in a recent post, over the past years many firms have operated a 180-degree turn in their way of managing knowledge. Good old defensive IP […]

Opening up knowledge management

By 10 June 2015 29

A few decades ago, traditional IP protection has started to coexist with a more cooperative line towards knowledge management. And while intellectual property rights are still mainly seen as defensive shields preventing others from using creations of the mind, more and more people embrace an open approach to IP . Examples of openness in knowledge management can […]

What can we expect from 2015 in the field of IP and ICT?

By 18 February 2015 0

Starting from this post I will try to regularly update you, IPdigIT readers, on the latest legislative developments taking place at the EU level in the field of Intellectual Property and ICT. This article should be considered an introduction and an incentive to further follow the blog. Each of the issues briefly described below, deserves […]

Apple Inc. en justice: quand les droits intellectuels rencontrent le droit des contrats

By 4 February 2015 30

La vie des petites et grandes entreprises, en particulier de celles qui sont innovantes, est parsemée de difficultés et de différends. On les retrouve très souvent impliquées dans des litiges en justice. Apple Inc. fondée par l’iconique Steve Jobs en est un bel exemple (voir le billet ipdigit sur Steve Jobs ici). Une entrée spéciale […]

The risk of patent trolls in the U.S. and in Europe: a sequel to a never ending story

By 27 November 2014 22

The issue of ‘patent assertion entities’ (PAEs) or ‘patent trolls’, i. e. of companies that acquire patent portfolios to aggressively negotiate licenses, potentially under the threat of an action for patent infringement, is not new. Patent trolling has been addressed several times on this blog. Paul Belleflamme addressed the issue from an economic point of […]