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La pièce de rechange automobile

Abstract : The European authorities have always had a very pragmatic approach to law, using it as a tool to achieve the goals of the European Union, such as the completion of the internal market. This thesis discusses the specific situation of the automotive spare parts market and assesses the resources deployed for this sector. This study is thus grounded on two main principles: the need to reinforce the competition within the market and the gradual limitation of intellectual property rights on those products. Due to its economic and social importance, the automobile sector has had special treatment under community competition law. Within this sector, the spare parts market has been separately regulated since block exemption regulation n° 1400/2002; and the draft of the new regulation only reaffirmed the specificity of the market. As a result, the new vehicle market has been reintegrated, after over a quarter century, into the general arrangement, while the secondary market maintains its specific status pursuant to regulation n° 461/2010. Furthermore, this market presents another distinctive characteristic shared by the visible spare parts market (bodywork, headlights, etc.) which benefits, in France, from the dual protection of industrial design right and copyright. Those rights ensure car manufacturers a de jure and de facto monopoly. One should therefore acknowledge them and work toward limiting them in order to complete the internal market.
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Lise Guillemin. La pièce de rechange automobile. Droit. Université de Lorraine, 2012. Français. ⟨NNT : 2012LORR0239⟩. ⟨tel-01749267⟩

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