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Laurent Eymard

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Laurent Eymard is an economist working in the Paris office of MAPP, a economic consulting firm. He graduated from ENSAE and Sciences-Po and holds a Master's degree in EC Competition Law from King’s College London. He has been involved in several mergers and antitrust cases before the Autorité de la Concurrence and the Conseil d’Etat in France as well as before the European Commission.

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Blogs review: the patent war in IT

What’s at stake: Apple’s recent victory in its ongoing dispute over IP rights with Samsung has received a great deal of attention from regulators, academics and the media worldwide. It is, however, just one of the many battles of an ongoing war in the IT sector over intellectual protection. Standard economic analysis sees IP protection as a trade-off between securing a fair reward for innovators while ensuring that future innovation is not jeopardized and that customers pay a fair price. Although the aim of the patent system is to strike the right balance between these two broad objectives, recent developments – for example patent trolls, patent thickets and ambush strategies – suggest that the balance has tipped towards incumbents.

By: Jérémie Cohen-Setton and Laurent Eymard Topic: Digital economy and innovation, Green economy Date: October 26, 2012