Seminar on Austrian and German internet law

The ITM is pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren, together with Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó from Vienna, will be able to organise a seminar on “Comparison between German and Austrian Internet Law” in the coming summer semester. The seminar is to take place in Vienna – the Corona pandemic permitting. The binding preliminary meeting with topic allocation will take place virtually via Zoom on Monday, 10 January 2022, at 17:00. If you would like to participate in the seminar, attendance at the preliminary meeting is mandatory. Please refer to the linked document for the dial-in dates and further information on the schedule as well as the topics:

Announcement Seminar: Comparison between German and Austrian Internet Law.

If you are interested, we would appreciate it if you would send a short e-mail ( to Prof. Hoeren beforehand. Then better planning is possible.

Seminar for Postgraduates

On 3 and 4 December 2021, the annual doctoral seminar took place at ITM. Under the direction of Professor Dr Thomas Hoeren, around 20 doctoral students and PhD candidates discussed selected research projects from the field of ITM, from industrial property rights and copyright law to advertising and data protection law as well as legal tech. The basic concepts of correct research in scientific theory, the basic structure of a doctorate and the formalities of the dissertation were explained. Exciting individual issues were discussed in depth, such as the limits of the right to information under data protection law, copyright law in South Africa and patent law issues in genome analysis. In addition, there were individual discussions in which the individual procedures were discussed in detail.

Kicker games at ITM

The annual ITM table football tournament took place under 2G+ conditions. Eight teams competed with very different goals. While some were striving for eternal glory, others used Pierre de Coubertin’s Olympic motto: “Taking part is more important than winning. Nevertheless, a winning team was certainly determined in the end. In a gripping final match, Nicolas and Max came out on top. While Max scored from behind every now and then with powerful long-distance shots, Nicolas shone as a filigree striker. The congenial duo, who have already won several ITM quizzes, had the upper hand in the final over Nele and Nico, who had also catapulted themselves into the final with their brilliant performances.

The winners of the surprise prize were Klaus & Hubsi. The two data experts – just like Nicolas and Max – can look forward to a nice surprise in due course. And looking forward to the year 2022 is also the keyword. The next edition of the “ITM Campuskickern” is planned for the summer. Hopefully in a more relaxed atmosphere and with a barbecue afterwards.

Many thanks to all participants – we are already looking forward to the next tournament!

Art law in China

Yesterday (20 November) in Beijing (China), Professor Dr. Thomas Hoeren gave a highly acclaimed short video lecture on the perspectives of Art law in university education. The event was attended by 142 professors, students and government representatives from all over China. The conference was chaired by Professor Dr. Zhou Lin (Beijing), who has been a friend of the Institute for many years.


The video can be found here

Alumni meeting 2021

On the invitation of the Association for the Promotion of the Civil Law Department of the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law, an alumni meeting took place on 06.11.2021 on the premises of the Institute.

At the beginning of the meeting, Institute Director Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren gave an overview of the current developments in the civil law department of the ITM. This was followed by presentations on a wide range of topics by both former and current ITM staff members.

For example, Dr. Julia Dreyer, grant awardee of the Research Centre for Intellectual Property 2020, spoke about “The Florentine Printers’ and Authors’ Privileges against Reprinting” and Yannik Borutta, research assistant, about the project “Legal Information Centre Digital University”. Julian Große-Ophoff and Klaus Palenberg, research assistants, presented the newly launched project “FAIR Data Spaces – Building a common cloud-based data space for business and science” at the ITM. Dr Sebastian Seedorf then gave interesting insights into his work as data protection officer at the Federal Chancellery. Tristan Julian Tillmann reported on his work at the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe.

Over a midday snack, the alumni exchanged ideas with each other and with the Institute’s current staff.

During the afternoon programme, the participants devoted themselves to the fine arts with a visit to the LWL Museum of Art and Culture. Over coffee and cake at Café Lux, the day came to an end and current experiences and anecdotes about their time at the ITM were exchanged.

The alumni reunion takes place every year in November. You can find more information about the Friends here.

Professor Dr. Thomas Hoeren in Brazil: Protection of Trade Secrets in Europe

At the invitation of Professor Dr. Marcos Wachowicz (Professor at the University of Paraná in Brazil), Professor Dr. Thomas Hoeren gave a lecture on the European protection of trade secrets at the 15th CODAIP conference. He showed the different attempts to understand know-how protection as an intellectual property right. In a second presentation, Professor Dr. Ingo Sarlet (Rio Grande) told about the experiences with the constitutional protection of personal data. CODAIP is the largest event for scientific exchange on copyright and intellectual property law in Brazil.
Here is the video recording

New homepage of the association ip research

The ITM is proud to announce that the association supporting our IP Research Centre has a new homepage. The members of the support association are pleased that the topics of the association can now be presented on a modern, clear and appealing homepage. The advantages of the new homepage are the possibility to refer to upcoming and past events, to introduce individual members in more detail and to emphasise the interlinking of science and practice.

Click here to go to the new homepage.

If you have any questions about the association or are interested in becoming a member, please feel free to contact Mr Oliver Lampe or become a member directly via the new homepage.