History

The Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy constitutes Bucerius Law School's response to the increasingly significant intellectual property and knowledge governance issues that confront our society and the need for a concerted globalized approach to address them.

The "IP and Media Law Initiative" started out in 2009, by organizing the Bucerius IP Lecture Series, a series of lectures which featured leading international scholars, representatives of international organizations and practitioners. The lecture series continues successfully to this day. In parallel, in cooperation with Bucerius Law School's U.S. arm, the American Friends of Bucerius, a U.S. non-profit organization, IP lectures are being held in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 2011, under the guidance of a strong Academic Advisory Council consisting of Professors Theo Bodewig, Michael W. Carroll, Graeme Dinwoodie, Reto M. Hilty, P. Bernt Hugenholtz, Axel Metzger and Jerome H. Reichman, and with the support of the international law firm DLA Piper, plans for establishment of an IP Center became concrete. The Center was inaugurated by the international conference entitled "The Access Challenge in the 21st Century: Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property Laws and Knowledge Governance", May 18-19, 2012.

The Center is led by Professor Dr. Dana Beldiman. Its members are Professor Dr. Michael Fehling, Dr. Kristoff M. Ritlewski, Professor Dr. Hans-Bernd Schäfer and Professor Dr. Karsten Thorn. Its Founding Partner is the international law firm DLA Piper.

Inauguration of the Center