The ITM continues its webinar series in the new year. The following lunchtime seminars (12 noon) will be held
11 January 2021: Attorney Alexander Bauer (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Munich) – Current problems of block chain law
18 January 2021: Professor Dr. Guido Westkamp (Queen Mary College/London) – Copyright and the transformative use of content
25 January 2021: Yannick Borutta (research assistant at the Goal Project) – artificial intelligence and intellectual property rights.
The zoom events are open to the public. Registrations are requested to firstname.lastname@example.org
In December the second project-internal GOAL Expert Talk took place with Prof. Karen Yeung. Prof. Yeung has been an Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow at Birmingham Law School and Birmingham School of Computer Science since 2018. Previously, she was a professor at King’s College London from 2006 – 2017. Currently, Prof. Yeung is conducting research on regulation and transparency and risk assessment of algorithms. The conversation began with a presentation in which she discussed in detail the EU Commission’s new white paper on the regulation of algorithms. Afterwards, a lively discussion developed in which the individual problem areas of AI regulation could be worked out. In the end, however, Prof. Yeung and the project partners came to the conclusion that no completely convincing solutions existed for numerous problems at the present time and that further intensive, particularly interdisciplinary, research was required in order to be able to convincingly master the challenges posed by AI.
In cooperation with the Legal Research Unit at DFN, a 90-minute zoom lecture on the topic “Digital legacy – What happens to our data after death?” was held at the TH Nuremberg on 23 November 2020. Marten Tiessen, research associate at DFN’s Legal Research Centre, gave the lecture to an audience of more than 60 people. As part of a series of lectures on the topic of “Elder Care”, the event was addressed to all employees and students of the university who were interested in the topic either professionally or privately.
After the speaker gave a brief overview of the special legal challenges of digital inheritance, he illustrated the problem with the help of the lengthy Facebook proceedings, which ultimately ended up twice before the Federal Court of Justice. Subsequently, the question was discussed to what extent the reasons for the judgement can be transferred to other services. The final topic was the different precautionary measures that service providers or testators can take to prevent, simplify or otherwise arrange the transfer of the digital estate.
The positive response and interested enquiries from participants underline the increasing practical importance of the subject.
On 24 November 2020, a one-hour LIDC webinar with our guest Prof. Dr. Chrocziel was held under the title “German FRAND practice – in line with EU law? After a welcoming address by Prof. Dr. Hoeren, our guest spoke about the current case law on FRAND licensing of standard essential patents in front of more than 100 guests.
Prof. Dr. Chrocziel has decades of experience in IP and IT law from advising large international companies. In the course of his work, he has specialised in questions concerning the licensing and judicial enforcement of industrial property rights within the scope of his antitrust advice.
In his lecture, Prof. Dr. Chrocziel first explained the ECJ’s “Huawei v. ZTE” decision from 2015, which is considered a signpost in FRAND licensing. Subsequently, the speaker explained the further development of the FRAND criteria by the jurisdiction of the courts of first instance in Germany. In particular, he addressed questions regarding the license seeker’s willingness to license and problems arising from licensing within value chains. The lecture was followed by a lively discussion with many interesting questions about FRAND licensing.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 https://www.verein-wissenschaftsrecht.de/. A report on the data protection law admissibility of online exams of the RiDHnrw from June 2020 can be found here.