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Special Speakers on IP


Professor Dr. Reto M. Hilty,
Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law


Professor Reto Hilty is a special keynote speaker for the intellectual property session of ICIL 2012

Title: "Challenges for Copyright Law-10 these for the future"
Chair: George Bokos

Reto M. Hilty
Academic Résumé:
Study of mechanical engineering ETH Zurich (1st intermediate exam). Study of law at the University of Zurich. Doctorate in Zurich (1989). Department head and board member of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (1994–97). Postdoctoral lecture qualification in civil, intellectual property, competition and media law at the University of Zurich (2000). Full Professor of technology and information law ETH Zurich. Director and faculty member of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law (from 2002; Managing Director 2005–06 and 2011–12; from 2011 on Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law). Full Professor (ad personam) at the University of Zurich. Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

Areas of Interest:
Contract law for intellectual property, competition law and protection of intellectual property, fundamental questions of property rights and new technologies, harmonisation of international property rights.


Professor Bernt Hugenholtz,
Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam (IViR) - Netherlands


Title: "Flexible copyright: Creating openness while keeping in touch with technological change "
Commenting: Kenneth Einar Himma
Chair: Reto Hilty

Reto M. Hilty
Academic Résumé:
Bernt Hugenholtz is Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam (IViR). In 1989 he received his doctor’s degree cum laude from the University of Amsterdam, where he defended his thesis on copyright protection of works of facts. He has written numerous books, studies and articles on a variety of topics involving copyright, information technology, new media and the Internet. At the University of Amsterdam he teaches courses in copyright law, international copyright law and industrial property law. He was a member of the Amsterdam Bar and partner of the law firm Stibbe between 1990 and 1998. Since 2003 he has been a deputy judge at the Court of Appeal in Arnhem. Prof. Hugenholtz is a member of the Dutch Copyright Committee that advises the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands, and has acted as a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the European Commission, and several national governments. He has been on international missions representing WIPO in China and Indonesia, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. Prof. Hugenholtz is General Editor of the Information Law Series,which is published by Kluwer Law International. Since 2007 he is also a member of the Faculty of Law of the University of Bergen, Norway (UiB) http://www.uib.no/en .

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