Can One Size Fit All?
Edited by Annette Kur and Vytautas Mizaras
Chapter 8: Overprotection and Protection Overlaps in Intellectual Property Law – the Need for Horizontal Fair Use Defences
Martin Senftleben* 1. INTRODUCTION During recent decades, intellectual property (IP) protection has been expanded continuously.1 New technologies have been found to be eligible for patent protection.2 New types of marks have been recognized in trademark law.3 Copyright law is no longer confined to the cultural domain.4 In parallel, the exclusive rights of IP owners have been broad- * Ph.D.; Professor of Intellectual Property, VU University Amsterdam; Senior Consultant, Bird & Bird, The Hague. 1 For an early critical assessment of this broader trend, see Spoor, J.H. (1990), De gestage groei van merk, werk en uitvinding, Zwolle: Tjeenk Willink. 2 This tendency has been particularly strong in US patent law. For instance, see US Supreme Court, 447 US 303 (1980), Diamond v Chakrabarty, with regard to biotechnology. Cf. Maier, G.J. and Mattson, R. C. (2001), ‘State Street Bank ist kein Ausreißer: Die Geschichte der Softwarepatentierung im US-amerikanischen Recht’, GRUR Int., p. 677; Merges, R.P. (1999), ‘As Many as Six Impossible Patents before Breakfast: Property Rights for Business Concepts and Patent System Reform’, Berkeley Technology Law Journal 14, pp. 577, 587. As to current, more cautious approaches in US patent law, see US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 545 F.3d 943, 88 USPQ.2d 1385 (Fed. Cir. 2008), in Bernard L. Bilski and Rand A. Warsaw. 3 Cf. Gilson, J. and Gilson, A. (2005), ‘LaLonde, Cinnamon Buns, Marching Ducks and Cherry-Scented Racecar Exhaust: Protecting Nontraditional Trademarks’, Trade Mark Reporter 95, p. 773; Fezer, K.-H. (2005), ‘Eine Theorie der variablen Marke – Zum Markenschutz...
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