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.

For further details, visit or contact Professor Sean Pager at

Commons Resources/IASC at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources:

Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and genetic Resources Commons.
12-14th September 2012
Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Organized by BIOGOV unit at Université catholique de Louvain and Institutions for Collective action at Universiteit Utrecht.

The 1st Global Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons aims to bring together leading people from a number of international scientific research communities, social science researchers, practitioners and policy analysts, to discuss the rationale and practical feasibility of institutional arrangements designed to emulate key public domain conditions for collaborative research.

A variety of initiatives and policies have been proposed that are going beyond “open access”, and aim to facilitate more effective and extensive (global) sharing on local and global pools of not only scientific information and data but also genetic resources and cultural expressions. There is thus a need to examine a number of these proposals’ conceptual foundations from the economic and legal perspectives and to analyze the roles of the public domain and commons in facilitating sharing of scientific and technical data, information and materials.


Empirical Studies of TM at Oxford



ETH Zurich
Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy, New York University School of Law
Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre
US Patent & Trademark Office
University of East Anglia

We are seeking paper proposals from economics, management, and legal scholars for a one-and-a-half day workshop at the University of Oxford on December 7-8, 2012 on Empirical Studies of Trade Mark Data. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: “Are Trademarks a Complement to Patents?”; “Effects of Trade Mark Litigation”; “The Use of European Trade Marks by Small and Medium Size Enterprises”; “Examining Relative Grounds Examination”; “Trade Marks and Merchandising Incentives”; “What Trade Mark Renewal Reveals about Trade Mark Use”; and “A First Look into Comprehensive US trademark Case Files and Assignments Data, 1980-2010”.

The workshop is part of a broader project to support better scholarship in this embryonic area of research and lead to the publication of high quality and high impact studies. The project is so-sponsored by ETH Zurich, INNOTEC, the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy at New York University School of Law, the OHIM Academy, the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Interested authors are encouraged to submit a two‐page research proposal that includes an abstract of the intended paper, an outline of the methodologies to be used, and a brief statement about the current state of the research project. Proposals should be submitted by July 27, 2012, to Authors will be notified of acceptance by August 10, 2012. Our group would pay travel (standard fare) and accommodation for one author of each accepted paper to attend the workshop, and will also host a dinner for participants.

The Oxford workshop is intended to support the presentation by authors of preliminary work, and the authors attending to engage in collaborative and constructive commentary, with an aim toward mutual betterment of the preliminary work. The workshop will be attended not only by at least one author from each paper accepted into the project, but also by existing members of the group and a few leading scholars working in the area. We also expect representatives of WIPO, OHIM, the USPTO and the UK IPO to make presentations highlighting their recent work. USPTO trademark data is currently available at in XML and ASCII formats. During the summer of 2012, the USPTO is planning to release research datasets of the USPTO trademark casefiles and assignments in stata and CSV research-ready formats for use in doing empirical analysis.

Our hope is to convene a follow-up two-day public conference in Alexandria, Virginia at USPTO headquarters in the late Spring or Summer of 2013, though planning for that second event is still ongoing.

Please direct any questions to Georg von Graevenitz ( or Graeme Dinwoodie (

Stefan Bechtold (Associate Professor of Intellectual Property, ETH Zurich)
Barton Beebe (Professor of Law, New York University School of Law)
Graeme Dinwoodie (Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, University of Oxford)
Stuart Graham (Chief Economist, USPTO, U.S. Department of Commerce)
Georg von Graevenitz (Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management, University of East Anglia)

Social Media and IP at John Marshall


The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law announces its fourth annual symposium on contemporary topics in intellectual property law. The symposium, titled “IP Rights, Ownership and Identity in Social Media,” will be held at The John Marshall Law School on Friday, February 1, 2013.


We welcome proposals on any subject addressing the various legal issues that have arisen from the development and use of social media sites like Twitter®, Facebook®, LinkedIn®, and Pinterest® (just to name a few). Among the areas of interest are:

· Social Media and IP Infringement
· Social Media and Right of Publicity
· Social Media and Free Speech
· Ownership of Social Media Accounts & Content
· Employee Rights Concerning Social Media Posting
· Social Media and the Hiring Process
· Regulatory Compliance and Social Media
· Use of Social Media as Court Evidence
· Jury Deliberations and Social Media
· Social Media and the Legal Process
· Judicial Use of Social Media
· Branding the Firm via Social Media
· Social Media and Client Contact
· Legal Ethics and Social Media

Accepted papers will be published in the 2013 RIPL Symposium Issue and authors may be invited to present their works either individually or as part of a panel presentation at the Symposium. Please submit a proposal, including a detailed outline of the article, to before September 13, 2012.

Gurry Lecture at Melbourne

2012 Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property

“A Public Law Perspective on Intellectual Property”

to be presented by

The Hon Robert French AC
Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Melbourne Law School

Understanding the intersection of intellectual property and public law requires appreciation of how key public law principles apply in the field of intellectual property law. Three areas of intersection are examined in this Lecture. The first is constitutional law: to what extent does the Constitution provide, and limit, legislative power in the field of intellectual property? The second is the availability of judicial review of administrative action relating to intellectual property. The third area is more abstract – it considers the normative rationales that have underpinned the development of intellectual property law.

Robert French was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 1 September 2008. At the time of his appointment to the High Court he was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having been appointed to that office in November 1986. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia in science and law. In 2010, he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia and made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Date: Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Time: 6.00 pm

Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street