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Not on my network! App exclusion and the net neutrality debate

By 21 April 2015 7

IPdigIT continues its series of posts on net neutrality (see here and here) by republishing a Policy Brief of the Liège Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII), written by Axel Gautier and Sébastien Broos.   The net neutrality debate is at its peak. On January 27, the Dutch Authority for Competition and Markets (DACM) fined KPN […]

De UsedSoft à Allposters: dans le numérique, le droit d’auteur s’épuiserait mais il n’y a pas d’épuisement physique!

By 14 April 2015 24

L’arrêt UsedSoft de la Cour de justice de l’UE concerne l’épuisement du droit de contrôler la revente de logiciels “usagés”. Dans cet important arrêt, la grande chambre de la Cour de justice a considéré qu’un contrat de licence d’usage de logiciel peut néanmoins être considéré comme une “vente” au sens l’article 4 (2) de la […]

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Banks’ reaction to entry threats

By and 10 February 2015 0

In this third post, we examine how banks can react to the entry threat on banking retail markets (the previous two posts on banking innovations can be found here and here)? First, banks can decide to innovate by themselves. However, banks have market power, which implies that they face the usual trade-off between the replacement […]

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 […]

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Entrants’ strategies to compete with incumbent banks

By and 30 January 2015 0

  In our previous post, we explained that non-banks (Google, Apple, start-up companies) compete with banks to offer retail services, but that entry costs are high. What are the strategies used by entrants to overcome barriers to entry? These strategies differ for start-up companies and for large retailers or Internet giants. Strategies of start-ups When […]

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Innovation and regulation in the retail banking industry

By and 23 January 2015 3

Over the recent years, several innovations have emerged on the retail banking market: mobile payments, Internet Banking, peer-to-peer lending platforms. These innovative services are often offered by “non-bank” entrants, i.e., firms that do not own a banking license. Several Internet Service Providers or even large retailers, like Apple, Starbucks or Google, have started to offer […]

Planned obsolescence in the digital age

By 25 March 2014 1

In about two weeks, on April the 8th, Microsoft is ending its support services for its popular operating system (OS) Windows XP. With the date drawing closer, one can increasingly read the claim that Microsoft’s move is yet another example of a company to adopt a business strategy of planned obsolescence. This debate is fueled […]

Steve Jobs: l’icône de la marque Apple

By 9 February 2014 78

            Le film Jobs, sorti en 2013, déroule le parcours biographique du célèbre fondateur de la marque à la pomme, de ses années d’étudiant à la sortie en 2001 de l’iPod qui allait révolutionner l’accès à la musique et à d’autres contenus. (Ashton Kutcher est rentré dans la peau de […]

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The smartphone patent wars: nothing really surprising…

By 28 November 2013 132

(This is an updated and slightly modified version of this post, published on April 25, 2012.) In April 2012, Lucy Koh, a US District Court Judge, tried to force a truce on one of the fiercest fronts of what is now commonly known as the “Smartphone Patent Wars”. She ordered Tim Cook and Choi Gee-Sung, […]

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Will ‘Patent trolls’ soon appear on the European market?

By 18 November 2013 144

It is under this title that a series of articles (published in the Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique on October, 19 2013 and prepared by Laurent Lambrecht; see here) wondered if the future unitary patent and unified patent court might attract “trolls” in Europe. “The risk is not negligible“: this is my answer, summarized in the […]