IP Public Lecture – The Design Wars with Prof Charles Gielen

Posted on Feb 16, 2013

IP Public Lecture – The Design Wars with Prof Charles Gielen


The lecture is available as a podcast and audio recording here.


The Chair of Intellectual Property Law will present its annual public lecture on 7 March 2013 with Professor Charles Gielen from Groningen University (Netherlands). The topic of Prof Gielen’s address is “Apple v Samsung – the design wars”. He will examine the significance of trademarks and registered designs for the proprietor’s global advertising strategy and the value of distinctive packaging and product design. The discussion will focus on the matter between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics in the USA. As a prominent IP practitioner of international renown, Prof Gielen was directly involved in the case and will present his views on the matter and its impact on intellectual property rights. To read more about Prof Gielen click here.

Attendance is free. Limited seating available. Please RSVP before 28 February 2013 to book your seat.


Thursday 7 March 2013


Professor Charles Gielen

18:30 for 19:00


50 minutes (refreshments to follow)


The JC de Wet Hall

Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law

Ou Hoofgebou Room 1023

Corner of Victoria & Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch


Smart casual


Before 28 February 2013

Email: annettev@sun.ac.za

Call: 021 808 9371 (08:00-14:00)

To download the invitation click on the image below.

About the speaker:

Professor Charles Gielen PhD (born on 15 March 1947) holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Brabant in Tilburg and a doctorate degree from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

He is a partner of the Dutch law firm NautaDutilh (www.nautadutilh.com) and works in their Amsterdam office. He is professor of IP law at the University of Groningen. He specialises in intellectual property law. He mainly handles patent and trademark litigation. In trademark matters he acts for Diageo Plc., L’Oreal, the LVMH Group, Intel, Coca-Cola, BMW, Burberry and Lego. In patent matters he handled litigation for Pharmacia, Aventis Pharma, Medtronic and Global Biochem Technology.

He has published several books and articles on subjects involving intellectual property law (in particular patent and trademark law) and is a member of editorial boards responsible for publishing law reviews on intellectual property and competition law such as the European Intellectual Property Review, the European Trademark Reports and “Intellectuele Eigendom & Reclamerecht”.

He is also member of the standing advisory committee to the Dutch government on trademark and design law.

He is past-President of the “Vereniging voor Intellectuele Eigendom” (www.aippi.nl), the Dutch group of the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI; www.aippi.org ) and forms part of the Executive Committee of this Association. He chairs the Program Committee of AIPPI and is past co-chairman of the Working Committee of Q 114 (Biotechnology including plant breeders rights).

He is past member of the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA; www.inta.org). He is also past President of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC). He is member of the Board of the anticounterfeiting organisation SNB-REACT in Amsterdam.

On November 8, 2006 he received INTA’ s President Award for outstanding service to the International Trademark Association. On October 6, 2007 the Council of Presidents of AIPPI appointed him Member of Honour of AIPPI for outstanding contributions to and an extraordinary engagement for the fulfilment of the aims of the Association. In 2009 he was appointed member of honour of the Vereniging voor Intellectuele Eigendom.

Chambers Global 2006: “one of the most esteemed lawyers” in the IP-field. In the Chambers Global Guide 2008 and the Chambers Europe Guide 2008 he is revered as the icon of trade mark law in the Netherlands. The International Who’s Who of Business lawyers 2008 under Trademarks: “The Netherlands hosts the highest polling lawyer in Europe: Charles Gielen of NautaDutilh received more votes than any lawyer here, is “very well known” for his litigation and academic work.”