Limitations on Trademark Rights from Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

January 7 – 8, 2019  Hong Kong



About the Conference

The Law and Technology Center at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at New York University School of Law co-sponsor a conference on limitations on trademark rights. The conference brings together leading trademark experts from around the world to explore the nature and scope of those limitations from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. The conference will be held at the University of Hong Kong on January 7-8, 2019.

The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) sets no minimum standards for limitations on trademark rights, such as fair use and exhaustion. At the domestic level, the courts in various jurisdictions have adopted conflicting opinions on how to decide cases involving such limitations (e.g., nominative fair use). Comparative studies are therefore useful in understanding the differing legal standards for the limitations on trademark rights adopted in different jurisdictions. Moreover, conventional wisdom largely justifies trademark rights limitations from free speech or market competition perspectives, with other theoretical approaches such as social and cultural studies enjoying limited application in considering the nature and scope of those limitations. Against this backdrop, the conference organizers welcome submissions of papers developing new thoughts and theories on limitations on trademark rights by examining them through a comparative or interdisciplinary lens.

Keynote Speaker

The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob

Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Laws, University College London

Sir Robin joined the Faculty of Laws in May 2011 leaving the Court of Appeal of England and Wales to do so. Having read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, Sir Robin then read for the Bar (Grays Inn). He started practice at the Intellectual Property Bar in 1967. From 1976 to 1981 he was the Junior Counsel for the Comptroller of Patents and for all Government departments in intellectual property. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1981.

His practice took him abroad often (Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe, USA, and Australia). He was appointed a High Court Judge 1993. From 1997 to 2001 he was Supervising Chancery Judge for Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2003. He was Treasurer of Grays Inn in 2007. He continued to sit from time to time in the Court of Appeal until 2016. He is President of the Intellectual Property Judges’ Association and Chairman of the Committee on the appointment for and training of judges for the Unified Patent Court. He acts as an arbitrator, mediator, intellectual property advisor and expert witness.

He has written extensively on all forms of intellectual property. He often lectures, mainly but not only on IP topics, both in the UK and abroad.

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Date: January 7-8, 2019

January 7, 2019
Large Moot Court
2/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong

January 8, 2019
Academic Conference Room
11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong

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