Digital Design Protection in Europe: Law, Trends, and Emerging Issues

20 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2016

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Rainer Filitz

Technische Universität München, TUM School of Management

Joachim Henkel

TUM School of Management - Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Jörg Ohnemus

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

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Date Written: June 28, 2016

Abstract

Digital designs – that is, designs for display on electronic screens – have recently burst onto the intellectual property stage. While in the U.S. a smattering of legal studies have recently addressed the question of digital design as a copyright-, trademark- and patent-eligible subject matter, a European perspective is still lacking in the literature. This study provides an overview of basic legal background to the protection of digital designs in Europe, explores firms’ actual digital design protection behaviors, and highlights some important practical and doctrinal issues that warrant further study.

Keywords: digital designs, intellectual property, RCD, interviews, survey

JEL Classification: K11, O31, O34

Suggested Citation

Filitz, Rainer and Henkel, Joachim and Ohnemus, Jörg, Digital Design Protection in Europe: Law, Trends, and Emerging Issues (June 28, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2826369 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2826369

Rainer Filitz

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Jörg Ohnemus

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

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