German Assn for Protection of IP, Annual Meeting

GRUR Annual Meeting

26 to 29 September 2012 · Frankfurt am Main
We are pleased to announce the upcoming GRUR Annual Meeting 2012!
Save the date and join your German IP colleagues at this year’s Annual Meeting of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property!

The German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) was founded in 1891 and is the largest and oldest non-profit association in Germany devoted to the protection, academic advancement and development of intellectual property law. With over 5,100 members coming from 46 nations, GRUR offers an umbrella for a wide range of professionals engaged in the field of IP matters: lawyers, patent attorneys, judges, academics, representatives and staff members of the German and European trademark and patent authorities and of the international organisations as well as enterprises, associations and their respective staff members.

For over 50 years GRUR´s Annual Meeting has been the most popular and constant German IP event, bringing together over 700 German and international IP experts every year. The event covers all areas of intellectual property with particular focus on scientific, in-depth discussions of topical IP-related issues. It offers an intensive, high-level review of the latest developments in German and European IP law as well as visionary outlooks on relevant topics for the coming year.

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IP for Creative Upstarts at Michigan State

Call for Papers
IP for Creative Upstarts – Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program (IPIC)

November 9-10, 2012, Michigan State University College of Law

This conference considers how law and policy can nurture diverse creative industries-“Creative Upstarts.” Creative Upstarts encompass a range of commercial enterprises from independent artists and producers in developed countries to emerging content industries such as Nigeria’s “Nollywood,” Jamaican dancehall and Brazilian tecnobrega music, and Chinese digital publishing. Creative Upstarts exemplify the potential for creative industries to spearhead economic and cultural development. They are often less constrained by the imperatives of the mass market than traditional media. Yet, as commercial enterprises, they are capable of more ambitious and sustained creative investments than amateurs who produce user-generated content. Their interests have been overlooked in recent debates on intellectual property and information policy. This conference seeks to remedy that gap.

While Creative Upstarts may be better positioned to exploit alternative paradigms than traditional media companies, as commercial entities, they do need to monetize their creative investments. Greater capacity to access existing intellectual property regimes could benefit them. A Creative Upstarts lens thus imposes a pragmatic focus often missing from existing debate. Rather than arguing over whether we should have “more” or “less” IP, we must examine more precisely how current IP laws and related policies both help and hinder.
THEMES: Creative Upstarts. Relevant questions and considerations include:
– To what extent are Creative Upstarts threatened by digital piracy?
– How could existing legal regimes function more effectively? What new legal tools or reforms would facilitate Upstart industries?
– Do collective rights regimes serve the interests of Creative Upstarts?
– How should law and policy respond to the increasingly transnational nature of creative content flows, and especially to the “borderless” realm of cyberspace?
– Should Creative Upstarts embrace alternative licensing models, e.g., creative commons?
– Should “copyright trolls” be encouraged or condemned?
– How can capacity-building help Creative Upstarts overcome obstacles they face?

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Recognizing that there are no “one size fits all” solutions, this conference seeks to clarify a menu of policy options through a mix of paper presentations and roundtable discussions. In addition, the Michigan State International Law Review will publish a symposium issue comprising selected internationally-focused conference papers. To present a paper, please submit abstracts by August 17, 2012; completed conference drafts will be due October 19, 2012.

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