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Constructing European Intellectual Property

Constructing European Intellectual Property

Achievements and New Perspectives

European Intellectual Property Institutes Network series

Edited by Christophe Geiger

This detailed study presents various perspectives on what further actions are necessary to provide the circumstances and tools for the construction of a truly balanced European intellectual property system. The book takes as its starting point that the ultimate aim of such a system should be to ensure sustainable and innovation-based economic growth while enhancing free circulation of ideas and cultural expressions. Being the first in the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) series, this book lays down some concrete foundations for a deeper understanding of European intellectual property law and its complex interplay with other fields of jurisprudence as well as its impact on a broad array of spheres of social interaction. In so doing, it provides a well needed platform for further research.

Chapter 17: Function, art and fashion: do we need the EU design law?

Uma Suthersanen

Subjects: law - academic, european law, intellectual property law


It is well known that the meaning of ‘design’ is fiendishly difficult to contain. In English, the word ‘design’ functions as a noun, a verb and an adjective. It can refer to the ornamentation applied to an invention or the stylization of a sign, or to the three dimensional aspects of a product. A holistic approach would lead one to conclude that ‘design’ refers to the process or an evolutionary medium of creation rather than a finished product.

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