Content types Archives: Article

Watching you

Personalized Pricing: “Big Data is watching you!”

By 18 May 2016 1

Until recently, the idea of first-degree price discrimination was just a theoretical concept resting in standard microeconomics textbooks, as the strategic implementation of such practices was often unfeasible. On the one hand, firms were unable to identify how much money each consumer would be willing to pay for the products they were selling. On the […]

Les hyperliens: de bonnes relations qui restent des liaisons dangereuses?

By 3 March 2016 44

Les hyperliens sont au coeur de l’Internet puisque ce sont les fils du World Wide Web. Une Toile qui ne cesse de s’étendre au profit des internautes du monde entier. Le débat sur la responsabilité pour l’établissement des hyperliens reste dans l’actualité. En 1988 (il y a déjà près de 20 ans!), j’avais publié dans Auteurs & Media un 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 […]

Delivery

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, […]

Brussels Xmas tree

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 […]

privacy

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 […]