20 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2016
Date Written: June 28, 2016
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: 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