LIDC/ITM webinar on Frand

On 24.11.2020 at 12 noon, another “Lunch Talk” will be organised as a webinar about Zoom by the Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (ITM) – civil law department, Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren – together with LIDC and the German Association for Competition Law. All interested parties can take part in the webinar, which lasts approximately one hour, free of charge.

The guest will be Prof. Dr. Peter Chrocziel, who advises large international companies with decades of experience in IP and IT law. In the course of his work, he has specialised in questions of licensing and judicial enforcement of industrial property rights within the scope of antitrust law advice. In this context, Mr. Chrocziel will mainly lecture on the current case law of national and international courts on the licensing of standard essential patents on FRAND terms. We are looking forward to gaining insights into the licensing practice and to discussing current developments with Mr. Chrocziel.

For participation please send an e-mail to Aurelia Merbecks ( until 18.11.2020. You will receive the dial-in details for the webinar after the registration deadline. You are welcome to ask questions in advance in this way, which – as far as possible – will be discussed by Prof. Dr. Chrocziel.

(Deutsch) Vortrag der RiDHnrw: Datenschutzrechtliche Zulässigkeit von Online-Klausuren

The Association for the Promotion of German and International Science Law has invited the Rechtsinformationsstelle Digitale Hochschule NRW (RiDHnrw) to give a substantive impetus to its general meeting with a presentation at their annual meeting. Julian Albrecht, research associate at RiDHnrw, spoke for half an hour on Friday, October 23, 2020, on the question of whether it is possible to conduct supervised online exams in accordance with data protection laws. This was followed by a constructive question and discussion session.

More information about the association can be found at A report on the data protection law admissibility of online exams of the RiDHnrw from June 2020 can be found here.

Expert Talk of the GOAL project with Prof. Sandra Wachter

On 19.10.2020 the first project-internal Expert Talk with Prof. Sandra Wachter took place. Prof. Wachter is Associate Professor at the renowned Oxford Internet Institute, which has gained a remarkable interdisciplinary reputation in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning and is outstanding in the information technology field. Prof. Wachter’s current research interests include the governance of algorithms and the development of standards for transparency, explainability and fairness of algorithmic decisions.

The Expert Talk started with a lecture by Prof. Wachter, in which she dealt especially with questions of fairness of algorithmic decisions. It was followed by a lively discussion with the project partners. However, it was not possible to discuss all interesting aspects in detail within the estimated time, so it was agreed to stay in continuous exchange.

The result was a successful start to the expert talks, which offer a good opportunity for networking and exchange. Further talks are therefore already planned for the future in order to further promote research in the project.


Courses per Zoom

The courses (information law; property law; industrial property rights; advertising, new media and law) at the ITM will all be held online via zoom in the coming winter semester. Therefore, please register for the respective e-mail distribution list to receive the dial-in data. Further information can be found on this homepage or via the respective e-mail distribution list.

We wish you all a good start into the new semester!

Bundesweite Zusatzausbildung “Informations-, Telekommunikations- und Medienrecht”

Das ITM freut sich, die Zusatzausbildung “Informations-, Telekommunikations- und Medienrecht” ab dem kommenden Wintersemester auch als bundesweite Veranstaltung für Studierende der Rechtswissenschaften sowie Rechtsrefrendare anzubieten.

Die Veranstaltung besteht aus den Vorlesungen Informationsrecht sowie Rundfunk- und Presserecht und einem Seminar. Informationen zu den vom ITM angebotenen Seminaren entnehmen Sie bitte laufend unserer Homepage. Alle Veranstaltungen werden Online als ZOOM-Meeting stattfinden.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass der Erhalt des Zertifikats das erfolgreiche Bestehen der Prüfungen voraussetzt.

Weiterführende Informationen zum Ablauf finden Sie hier.

Für die Anmeldung benötigen wir Ihren Namen, Ihre E-Mail-Adresse sowie Ihre Universität. Bitte richten Sie ihre Anmeldung an Aurelia Merbecks (

LIDC webinar with Ms. Held, attorney at law, on “Effective design protection in companies”

On October 6, 2020, attorney Hanna Karin Held gave a lecture on “Effective design protection in companies” at the invitation of the ITM (Münster) via Zoom. She had also invited the German Association for Competition Law and the LIDC. Ms. Held is a lawyer and specialist in intellectual property law who has been working in the field of intellectual property for almost 15 years and has a professional focus on European and international design law. She has worked as a lawyer in various law firms and legal departments of international companies.
In her one-hour lecture, Ms. Held emphasized the constantly growing importance of European design law for companies and therefore first of all explained the legal foundations of EU design law in the context of copyright law, unfair competition law and trademark law to the approximately 100 listeners. In the main part of the lecture, she then gave a comprehensive presentation of how the design process can be shaped in companies. The whole thing was illustrated by numerous example cases and a concluding quiz.
We would especially like to thank Ms. Held for the interesting lecture as well as the numerous participants who also diligently took part in the interactive surveys.
The next LIDC webinar is already planned: This will take place on 24.11.2020 with Prof. Dr. Peter Chrocziel on the topic FRAND

Presentation on AI and law at the Think Tank Digitales Münsterland




On September 23rd Yannik Borutta, Matthias Haag and Johannes Kevekordes from the research project GOAL (Governance of and through Algorithms) gave a lecture at the think tank “the Enabling Networks Digitales Münsterland” on practice-oriented legal questions related to the topic of artificial intelligence. They offered an overview of liability, data protection and intellectual property rights when using AI applications.

The three researchers from the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law of the WWU Münster deal with the possibilities of regulating AI in different legal areas just as well as discrimination, patent and liability law within the GOAL project. In this digital event, they provided all AI interested parties with detailed expert contributions, on the basis of which a discussion with the participants could then take place.