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GRUR meets Brussels 2018

UPDATE 7 June 2018: The presentations of the speakers (as far as made available for web use) are now online.

To access the slides of the presentations, please scroll to the grey `online file folders´ and click on the tab "Downloads".

Artificial intelligence is on the rise. This has legal implications not only for areas like safety and security, liability or contract law but also for intellectual property. The workshop aims at providing a concise overview of the emerging issues. Classical intellectual property is based on the concept of intellectual creation. However, with the increasing use of AI a sole creator (inventor, author, designer etc.) may no longer be discernable. AI may also lead to new problems in the area of competition law due to the emergence of new products and new markets. Last but not least, the protection of AI related inventions and creations has already created new challenges to the existing IP law. Is there a need for (further) legislative action?
Together with an overview of current EU initiatives the 9th GRUR meets Brussels Workshop will provide a useful summary of the state of play for political, legal and academic experts and give some perspective on future developments.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Dr Argyrios Bailas, Director ICT Operations, European Patent Office
  • Denis Dambois, Unit F.5. – `Intellectual Property and the Fight against Counterfeiting´, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Mady Delvaux-Stehres, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D)
  • Sharad Gandhi, author (“AI&U”), physicist, IT engineer, technology philosopher and a strategy consultant creating business value with digital technologies
  • Dr Sven Hetmank, Senior Researcher, Institute of Intellectual Property, Competition and Media Law at the Technische Universität Dresden
  • Dr Björn Juretzki, Assistant to the Director-General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • JProf. Dr Anne Lauber-Rönsberg, Juniorprofessorship in Civil Law, Intellectual Property, Media and Data Protection Law, Institute of Intellectual Property, Competition and Media Law at the Technische Universität Dresden
  • Daniel Schönberger, Head of Legal Switzerland & Austria, Google
  • Dr Doris Thums, Head of Department, Opposition & Substantive Law, European Patent Office
  • Prof. Dr Herbert Zech, Professor of Life Sciences and Intellectual Property Law, University of Basel; Chair of the GRUR Special Committee on Data Rights
  • Prof. Dr Daniel Zimmer, LL.M. (UCLA), Director of the Institute of Commercial and Economic Law and of the Center for Advanced Studies in Law and Economics (CASTLE) at the University of Bonn, Research Fellow, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)


The event will take place on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 from 12.00 to 20.00 at the Representation of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia to the European Union, Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

We will start with a get-together (12.00 to 13.00, with lunch buffet), followed by the working programme (from 13.00 to approx. 18.35). Please note that the workshop will be held in English language without simultaneous translation. After work, you are warmly invited to join our “drinks & nibbles” reception taking place from 18.35 to 20.00!

The workshop is open and free of charge. However, room availability is limited to 120 seats so that we recommend an early registration.

UPDATE 27 April 2018: The event is fully booked!

Therefore, we unfortunately can not accept any further registrations.

Contact for requests: Sandra von Lingen, GRUR Senior Manager International Affairs & Publications, or +49 (0)221 650 65-155,


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Date (from) 2018-06-05
Time (start) 12:00 - 20:00
City Brussels

Representation of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia

to the European Union

Montoyerstraat 47 Rue Montoyer

B-1000 Brussels

Please note that the event is already fully booked so that we can unfortunately not confirm your registration. However, the administrators of the event have been notified of your request and have put you on a waiting list. They will contact you no later than one week prior to the event in case seats should become available following cancellations. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

Here you can apply for participation in the event.