Consumer Protection in the European Union Regarding Planned Obsolescence and the Right to Repair

Centro de Investigação de Direito Privado (CIDP) Research Paper No. 01/2023

Originally publsihed in "Consumer Protection in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities (coord. Cayetana Santaolalla Montoya), European Commission, 2023

21 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2023 Last revised: 6 Apr 2023

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Rui Ataíde

Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa - Lisbon Public Law

António Barroso Rodrigues

Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon

Date Written: March 22, 2023

Abstract

Planned obsolescence is a practice that anticipates the entropy cycle of a product from an objective point of view or just from the consumer's perspective. Recent practices, especially in the electronic goods market, add a second type of obsolescence, caused after the goods are in the consumer's possession and long after the legal warranty has expired. The present study focuses on the framing of this practice of obsolescence, on the offence of the right to repair, and seeks to find the legal response within the European Union Law, in terms of consumer protection.

Keywords: Planned obsolescence, provoked obsolescence, right to repair, consumer protection

Suggested Citation

Ataíde, Rui and Barroso Rodrigues, António, Consumer Protection in the European Union Regarding Planned Obsolescence and the Right to Repair (March 22, 2023). Centro de Investigação de Direito Privado (CIDP) Research Paper No. 01/2023, Originally publsihed in "Consumer Protection in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities (coord. Cayetana Santaolalla Montoya), European Commission, 2023, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4397367

Rui Ataíde (Contact Author)

Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa - Lisbon Public Law ( email )

FDUL
Alameda da Universidade
Lisboa, 1649-014
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António Barroso Rodrigues

Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon ( email )

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