Le Concurrentialiste joins the iLINC network of Strategic Partners

Le Concurrentialiste is happy to announce that it is joining the iLINC Strategic Network Partners team.

What is it? iLINC is the European Network of Law Incubators. Its main objective is to facilitate the provision of free legal support to start-ups while, at the same time, offering postgraduate law students the opportunity to engage in professional practice in the fast-moving and highly exciting world of technology start-ups. With the objective of “establishing a European network of law incubators that bridge ICT Entrepreneurs and Start-ups with Law Students“, iLINC was established as a project funded by the European Commission under Seventh Framework Programme.

What is a law clinic or law incubator? In general terms, a law (or legal) clinic is a nonprofit law practice that serves the public interest. The iLINC law incubators are university-based entities that focus on providing free legal support to ICT start-ups. With a strong prevalence in the US, law clinics originated as a method of practical teaching of law school students. The academic clinics are usually directed by clinical professors.

Who is it? iLINC has four ‘Core Partners’ who are responsible for establishing the network: Queen Mary University of London, the Universities of Amsterdam and KU Leuven, and the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research. The Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy (BLIP) Clinic from Brooklyn Law School has been an invaluable source of inspiration as an ‘Associate Partner’ and is helping to establish iLINC as part of global network of law incubators together with EshipLaw in the US.

Our partnership. Le Concurrentialiste will publish articles about all iLINC clinics’ legal actions related to antitrust and intellectual property law. This partnership will be the occasion to hear about selected antitrust issues encountered by start-ups. The goal is to enlighten on what are the practical outcome of antitrust laws. It will help us to better understand what are all implications of antitrust law on the most innovative companies, and therefore, to propose more relevant reforms. In short, this partnership is built on the idea to enhance our laws in a true vertical fashion, from the start-ups to the legislator.

For more information about iLINC, please visit the website at https://www.ilincnetwork.eu/

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Le Concurrentialiste est heureux d’annoncer qu’il a rejoint aujourd’hui le réseau des partenaires associés à l’iLINC. L’iLINC est une nouvelle institution, soutenue par la Commission européenne, qui regroupe de nombreuses « clinics » (cabinets d’expertises et de conseils aux start-ups formés au sein des universités) à travers le monde. La Queen Mary University of London, Universities of Amsterdam, KU Leuven, et le Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research sont les quatre membres permanents chargés de constituer le réseau. La Brooklyn Law School apporte également un soutien majeur.

Ce partenariat sera très prochainement concrétisé par la publication d’articles qui évoqueront les actions engagées par l’iLINC en matière de droit de la concurrence et de propriété intellectuelle. Il permettra à terme de mieux comprendre quelles sont les contraintes imposées par le doit de la concurrence aux start-ups. Des propositions de réforme seront formées sur cette base.

Thibault Schrepel

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