CLIP is a group of scholars in the fields of intellectual property and private international law. It was established in 2004 and meets regularly to discuss issues of intellectual property, private international law and jurisdiction. The Group’s goal is to draft a set of principles for conflict of laws in intellectual property and to provide independent advice to European and national law makers. The Group is funded by the Max-Planck Society.
In December 2005, the European Commission has published the “Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I)” (hereinafter “Rome I-Proposal”) which contains in Art. 4 special rules for contracts relating to intellectual property rights. The Rome I-Proposal was transmitted to the European Parliament and the Council in December 2005. In August 2006, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs published a Draft Report on the Proposal (hereinafter “Rome IDraft Report”) which modified the proposed rules in Art. 4 relating to intellectual property rights.
The Group submits comments on the Rome I-Proposal and the Rome I-Draft Report as far as it differs from the Rome I-Proposal and summarizes the comments at the end of this document.