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Trade Marks and Designs: Overlaps and Boundaries

16 April 2013
4:30 PM IDLW

Ave Maria Lane
United Kingdom


An interactive and stimulating debate between designs and trade mark rights, looking at the boundaries and overlaps between them.





Hon. Mr. Lord Justice Robin Jacob

Sir Robin joined the Faculty of Laws in May 2011 leaving the Court of Appeal of England and Wales to do so. Having read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, Sir Robin then read for the Bar (Grays Inn). He started practice at the Intellectual Property Bar in 1967. From 1976 to 1981 he was the Junior Counsel for the Comptroller of Patents and for all Government departments in intellectual property. He was made a Queen's Counsel in 1981. He was appointed a High Court Judge (Chancery Division) in 1993. From 1997 to 2001 he was Supervising Chancery Judge for Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2003. He was Treasurer of Grays Inn in 2007. He continues to sit from time to time in the Court of Appeal and will sometimes act as an arbitrator or mediator. He has written extensively on all forms of intellectual property. 


Alexander von Muhlendahl

In November 2005 Alexander von Mühlendahl joined the BARDEHLE PAGENBERG firm, bringing with him more than four decades of professional experience gained in leading positions in German and European trademark legislation, practice and academia. For 11 years (1994-2005) he was Vice-President of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trademarks and Designs) in Alicante, Spain; From 1985 until 1994, he was the head of the division for trademark and unfair competition law at the German Ministry of Justice. Among the legislation for which he was responsible were amendments to the German Unfair Competition Act, the IP legislation following the unification of Germany in 1990 (the 'Erstreckungsgesetz' of 1992) and the new German Trademark Act of 1995. Throughout this period he represented the German government in the negotiations in Brussels on the European trademark law, as well as in WIPO matters. From 1966 to 1979 he was in academic research at the Munich Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law.



Tuesday, 16 April 2013


16:30 - 17:00 Registration

17:00 - 19:00 Debate and Questions

19:00 - 21:00 Drinks Reception



Ave Maria Lane 



Recent case law throughout the world has brought design law to greater prominence. The Cinderella of intellectual property law has finally arrived at the ball. In this context, the relationship between designs and trade marks has assumed increased topicality and significance. Our debate will look at the rationales for these two intellectual property rights and at the boundaries and overlaps between them. It will also consider strategies for dealing with their relationship in a commercial context.

Can a design function as a trade mark? Should design protection trump the application of trade mark law? Can the two co-exist in parallel?

Can trade mark protection follow a term of design protection? These are some of the questions that our speakers will address.

Our two main speakers' knowledge, expertise, and reputation guarantee a stimulating and provoking debate.


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