Addressing international trade mark and copyright issues seminar


Date: 09 February 2012


This seminar will focus on four aspects of trade mark and copyright law which have been moving fast and where there have been significant developments in European law in the last 18 months.

We will report on the scope of responsibility of online intermediaries such as access providers or online marketplaces for infringing material transmitted over their networks or hosted on their platforms; the challenges faced by the system of copyright levies traditionally employed in most European countries to compensate rights holders for the private copying of their works; the degree to which well known trade marks attract enhanced protection, notably as against those who "free ride" on the back of them; and the effective enforcement of intellectual property rights in a world in which trade is increasingly globalised by custom seizure and other means. 

Although these topics affect almost everyone the seminar will be of particular interest to those in or who advise the luxury goods sector and also those in or who advise the information technology and computing sectors.

For further details, please contact Karla Fryer at karla.fryer@twobirds.com or call +44(0)20 7982 6517.

The programme

15.30 - 16.00
Registration and refreshments

16.00 - 16.30
Online intermediary liability
Trevor Cook, Partner, UK

16.30 - 17.00
New developments and "best practices" in international and cross-border IP enforcement
Richard Dissmann, Partner, Germany

17.00 - 17.30
Impeding the digital age - an update on copyright levies in Europe
Fabian Niemann, Partner, Germany

 17.30 - 18.00
New developments around well known trade marks in Europe
Yves Bizollon
, Partner, France

18.00 - 20.00
Networking drinks and canapés