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Professor of Law
Liege University

Professor Nicolas Petit is a Research Professor at the School of Law in the UniSA Business School and Professor of Law at Liege University, Belgium. Professor Nicolas Petit's research focuses on antitrust law, intellectual property, and law in a context of technological change. His recent written works deal with the legal challenges created by the introduction of artificial intelligence and robotics in society. He is also working on a book on technology platforms' competition.

Antitrust
Intellectual Property

Agriculture & Biotech Antitrust Energy & Environment Innovation Intellectual Property Mergers & Merger Enforcement Monopolization Patents

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Antitrust review of ag-biotech mergers: Appropriability versus cannibalization

This symposium offers a good opportunity to look again into the complex relation between concentration and innovation in antitrust policy. Whilst the details of the EC decision in Dow/Dupont remain unknown, the press release suggests that the issue of “incentives to innovate” was central to the review. Contrary to what had leaked in the antitrust press, the decision has apparently backed off from the introduction of a new “model”, and instead followed a more cautious approach. After a quick reminder of the conventional “appropriability v cannibalizationframework that drives merger analysis in innovation markets (1), I make two sets of hopefully innovative remarks on appropriability and IP rights (2) and on cannibalization in the ag-biotech sector (3).

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