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Lecture at The Stage: Legal protection of designs


There are many ways to legally protect design, and copyright law will have a far larger role to play in the future than it has had up to now. In its so-called “Geburtstagszug“ (birthday-train) decision, the German Federal Court of Justice has relinquished its decades‘ long jurisdiction which had stipulated stricter criteria for the protectability of designs than for other works. Many types of designs which up to now were not protected by copyright law will benefit from its protection in the future. What does this mean for those using designs, for manufacturers and producers? What claims from designers may they potentially be exposed to in the future? What measures should they take? What potential sources of income may open up for them as a result of the Federal Court decision? This talk gives an overview of the fundamental shifts in legal protection of design (toward copyright law) as well as of the measurements that should be put in place as a result.

Pure75_2015_Vortrag_Designschutz_PortraitDr Anne-Katrin Petsch works as a lawyer, specialising in copyright and design law. She studied law in Munich and Montpellier and wrote her doctoral thesis on copyright law after completing her legal internship. Following a position in the legal department of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association) in Frankfurt, focusing on copyright and publishing law, she now works at Lausen Legal Practice (Lausen Rechtsanwälte) in Munich, increasingly dealing with Trademark and Design law.

The lecture will take place at Wednesday, 21-1-2015, at 16:15 h, at The Stage, Pure Village, hall 2.2
All lectures will be translated simultaneously into English.

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