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Design Law Roundtable in Munich, Germany

In cooperation with Oxford University's Intellectual Property Research Centre and the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Indiana Law's Center for Intellectual Property Research hosted a Design Law Roundtable in Munich, Germany, in November. The roundtable discussion format provided an opportunity for academics to make brief introductory statements with the majority of the time allotted to open discussion.

The event featured leading international scholars in the field of design law, including Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge; Sarah Burstein, University of Oklahoma; Graeme Dinwoodie, University of Oxford; Stacey Dogan, Boston University; Jason Du Mont, Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Max Planck; Philipp Fabbio, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria; Mark Janis '89, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Annette Kur, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law; Marshall Leaffer, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Ansgar Ohly, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich; Jens Schovsbo, University of Copenhagen; Alain Strowel, Saint Louis University, Brussels; and Anna Tischner, Jagiellonian University, Krakow.

Topics from three sessions included:

  • protecting functional designs in design patent and design protection systems
  • the object of design protection
  • autonomous design protection