Content types Archives: Article

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, […]

Intellectual Property Rights at the Bilateral and Multilateral Levels: How to Reach Consistency?

By 24 January 2016 0

This article is the third part of a three-piece series written by Lukas Vanhonnaeker (for the first and second part, see here and 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 […]

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Cross-border parcel prices hamper EU-wide E-commerce

By 22 January 2016 0

  The author of post is our colleague Wouter Vergote. Wouter holds of PhD in economics from Columbia University. He is currently associate professor of Economics at University Saint-Louis-Brussels, and has worked previously for the EU Commission (DG Competition) and for NERA. His areas of expertise are microeconomics, game theory and industrial organization.    Firms, among […]

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) […]

Does Intellectual Property Qualify as a Foreign Direct Investment?

By 15 January 2016 0

This article is the first part of a three-piece series written by Lukas Vanhonnaeker. 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) from the Catholic University of Louvain, […]

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They may know it’s Xmas, but do they know there’s IP involved?

By 21 December 2015 0

As Christmas is drawing nigh, I found it fun appropriate to collect a number of “IP Xmas stories”. As you will discover below, these stories add some Christmas spirit to the IP, IT and innovation issues that we regularly discuss on this blog. The secret story of poinsettias Like everyone, I loathe love poinsettias. Because they blossom in winter and […]

Taking on Uber

By 19 December 2015 11

Over the past six years, Uber has become a synonym for on-demand transportation services. The San-Francisco based start-up pioneered the industry and continues to hold the pole position in the American market. According to a recent article on Bloomberg, Uber currently seeks to raise $2.1 billion in a financing round that would value the company […]

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Targeted prices and privacy: the hidden cost of hiding

By 2 December 2015 1

The recent developments in digital technologies (e-commerce, social media and networks, mobile computing, sensor technologies) have not only driven individuals to leave an increasingly long digital trace behind them, but have also made available the tools to assemble, harness and analyse large and complex datasets (so-called ‘Big data’). As a consequence, sellers now have expanded […]

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 […]

YouTube turns freemium

By 13 November 2015 16

On October 28th YouTube launched its new subscription service YouTube Red. So far it is only available for viewers in the United States, who currently can test the service in a free one-month trial. Afterwards, YouTube Red will be priced at $9.99 a month. What is YouTube Red all about? On its website the Google […]