Intellectual Property

"The rapid pace of technology development raises many questions on the sustainability of the existing intellectual property legal framework and on how it could be adapted"

The Intellectual Property (IP) research unit of the CRIDS is primarily focused on copyright, neighbouring rights and the law of trademarks at the national and international (mostly EU) levels. The research unit is composed of academics, lawyers, junior and senior researchers which are not only IP specialists, but also have practical knowledge and training in information and communication technologies. This enables the unit to be highly specialised on the interactions of these fields of IP law with information and communication technologies. The research undertaken takes place in a multidisciplinary environment.

The rapid pace of technology development raises many questions on the sustainability of the existing IP legal framework and on how it could be adapted. In this context, the main research topics include: open data, open access, open licenses, Big Data, AI, blockchain, robotics, data economy, the liability and responsibilities of intermediaries, digital rights management, valorisation of public sector information, web archiving, etc. 

The IP research unit invests in both fundamental research and applied research and can provide concrete and pragmatic solutions to the issues raised while also carrying out fundamental theoretical analysis. For example, the CRIDS recently worked on research contracts related to the dissemination/commercialisation of decision-making tools based on data from both the public and private sectors to improve agricultural practices and on the corresponding IP concerns this could cause.

The unit organises and participates in many national and international conferences.

 

Recent publications from this unit: 

A. CRUQUENAIRE, Le contentieux des nouveaux noms de domaine (new gTLDs), Waterloo, Kluwer, 2015, 168 p.

A. CRUQUENAIRE , A. DELFORGE, J.B. HUBIN, M. KNOCKAERT, B. MICHAUX, T. TOMBAL« Droit d'auteur et oeuvres générées par machine», L’intelligence artificielle et le droit, Collection du CRIDS, n° 41, Bruxelles, Larcier, 2017, pp. 189-240. (FREE PDF HERE)

B. MICHAUX, M. LOGNOUL, F. JACQUES, « Le droit d’auteur dans le marché numérique», Actualités en droit du numérique, Recyclage en droit, n° 2, Limal, Anthemis, 2019, pp. 7-52.

M. KNOCKAERT, « La réutilisation des informations du secteur public : l'open data et les organismes publics », J.T., 2018, pp. 613-621.

M. KNOCKAERT, T. TOMBAL, « Quels droits sur les données ? », Actualités en droit du numérique, Recyclage en droit, n° 2, Limal, Anthemis, 2019, pp. 7-52.

B. MICHAUX (co-author with M-C. JANSSENS, contributor), “Intellectual Property Rights, Copyright and Trademark Issues”, in Telecommunications, Broadcasting and the Internet-EU Competition Law and Regulation, Garzaniti and O’Reagan, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 4th ed., 2019 (forthcoming)

B. MICHAUX, « Implementation of directive 2001/29/EC in the member states of the European Union : Belgium», Copyright in the information society : a guide to national implementation of the European Directive, Cheltenham, Elgar, 2019, pp. 159-191

B. MICHAUX, « Diffusion du savoir : droit d’auteur et Internet », L'Europe des droits de l'homme à l'heure d'Internet, Bruxelles, Larcier, 2019, pp. 491-526.

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