Guest Lecture: Reform of EU Trademark and Copyright Law

Latvia: Riga Graduate School of Law invites you to a guest lecture “Reform of EU Trademark and Copyright Law” that will be delivered by Martin Senftleben, 

Vice Dean (Research) and Professor of Intellectual Property and Director at Kooijmans Institute for Law and Governance, VU University Amsterdam. Lecture will take place on Friday, 27 March at 14:30 – 16:00, room W-42. Lecture will be followed by a wine reception sponsored by bnt attorneys-at-law.

Guest lecture: Reform of EU Trademark and Copyright Law

With the European Commission’s 2013 package for new trademark legislation and the 2014 public consultation on the review of copyright rules, the need for reforms in both areas of EU intellectual property law became a focal point of the debate. In fact, the continuous expansion of EU trademark rights in recent years (see, and the inability of EU copyright law to react adequately to the challenges of digital technology (see, require a fresh look at the configuration of both protection systems. The topics on the agenda range from the protection of goodwill functions, control over keyword advertising, seizure of goods in transit and private orderings of counterfeit goods outside the EU in the area of trademark law, to cross-border access to online content, linking and browsing, use for teaching and research, mass digitization projects and a single EU code in the area of copyright law.

The reform plans offer ample room for a discussion of the appropriate scope of trademark and copyright protection. How broad should the exclusive rights of trademark proprietors and copyright holders become? Which areas of freedom should remain for competitors, providers of value-added services, libraries, archives and educational institutions, and the public at large? These questions will occupy centre stage during Martin Senftleben’s lecture. After an overview of the reform plans, he will focus on the balance between exclusive rights on the one hand, and exceptions and limitations that preserve user freedoms on the other. In this way, the lecture lays groundwork for a plenary debate on the right configuration of future EU trademark and copyright law.

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