Edited by Annette Kur, Professor and formerly Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany, Marianne Levin, Professor, Department of Law, Stockholm University, Sweden and Jens Schovsbo, Centre for Information and Innovation Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The EU’s ‘Design Approach’ represented a unique attempt to protect industrial design and designers in and on their own terms. It has now been in place for more than a decade and this book, including contributions from leading international scholars, takes stock and attempts to find out what became of the Design Approach: Is it still observed; what has it achieved; how does it interact with other areas of the law; what became of the spare parts problem and how did the world respond to it?
EU legislation for the protection of designs has been described as a ‘third way’ in contrast to traditional concepts of design protection. This book provides a thorough appraisal of the EU’s unique Design Approach; assessing its formation, development and impact over the past decade.
The EU Design Approach explores the rationale behind the creation of the Approach; including contributions from two leading EU scholars who were involved in its conception. The contributing authors provide an assessment of the impact that the Design Approach has had on present EU laws, national law systems and adjacent areas of law including copyright and competition law. Chapters also explore more problematic issues associated with the Approach such as: the role of design law in the wider EU framework for the protection of product shapes, and the balancing of interests between rights holders and users. Overall, this book demonstrates that the Design Approach has been largely successful in its aims despite there being some ongoing points of contention.
IP scholars will find this book to be a valuable resource of historical and comparative analysis. Practicing IP lawyers and policy makers will also benefit from the inclusion of up-to-date EU and national case law.