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The Future of IP in the EU - Ideas from Academics - GRUR Event

22 October 2019

Brussels, 5 December 2019 from 10.00 - 20.00

The German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and the German national group of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) cordially invite you to participate in the 10th GRUR meets Brussels Workshop taking place in at the Representation of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia to the EU in Brussels on 5 December 2019 from 10.00 to 20.00.

About the event:

Workshops and conferences covering the entire field of intellectual property have become rare. The different fields of IP are very specialised and often an overall perspective is lacking. The GRUR meets Brussels Workshop 2019 closes this gap. Future challenges for IP and possible solutions are discussed under a comprehensive perspective, covering patent law, copyright law, design law, trademark law and enforcement.

The focus will be on certain topical issues as well as on the future development in these different fields. Future challenges such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the European Data Economy, the Internet of Things, and the flexibilisation of IP enforcement will be discussed between renowned GRUR experts, representatives of DG GROW and DG CONNECT, and attendees [view the list of confirmed speakers].

In trademark and enforcement, certain specific issues such as the differentiations between cease-and-desist orders and/or removal shall be addressed. Moreover, the current discussion on a possible or even necessary flexibilisation of patent law injunctions will be covered. The European patent system meets challenges such as the treatment of AI inventions and the Internet of Things. In design protection, the ongoing discussions about the spare parts clause, 3D-printing and other issues might require further EU action also taking into account competition law concerns. In copyright law, two main questions arise after the much discussed Digital Single Market Directive, which was enacted in April 2019. First, how to implement the Directive into Member States’ laws in a way which guarantees effective harmonisation and a fair balancing of the involved interests. Secondly, and even more interesting, which future challenges for copyright law have to be tackled next, where issues such as a reform of the system of exceptions to copyright, further rules on collective management of rights, future regulation of the data economy and many other topics come to mind.

All these and many other aspects will be covered in the workshop. A strong focus will be on the future challenges to IP law instead of merely sticking with the details of the current acquis.

Following the working programme (ending at approx. 18.30), all speakers and attendees of the workshop are kindly invited to join a drinks & dinner reception.

For more details and access to online registration, please note the attached programme flyer or click here.

The event is free of charge but requires a prior online registration. Since room capacities are limited to 120 attendees, we recommend an early registration.