Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Annette Kur

Senior Research Fellow
Fields of Law: Europe; Rights Providing Copyright Protection; Trademark Law; Law of Unfair Competition; Antitrust Law; Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resource and Folklore; General Private and Commercial Law; General Conflicts of Law; International Commercial Law

+49 89 24246-404
+49 89 24246-501
Areas of Interest:

European and international trademark law; European industrial design law; international procedural law in the field of intellectual property

Academic Résumé:

Doctorate awarded in 1981. Research Fellow at the Institute since 1980.

Academic Prizes / Honours / Memberships etc.:

Adjungerad professor (= Associate Professor) at the University of Stockholm

Member of NYU’s “Global Program”

Consultant to the American Law Institute on the project “Intellectual Property – Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law and Judgments in Transnational Disputes”

President-Elect of the Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, ATRIP)

Current Publications:

Kur, Annette: Review of Designschutz in Europa/Design Protection in Europe – Entscheidungen europäischer und nationaler Gerichte/Decisions of European and National Courts (Volume 4). Köln, Carl Heymanns, 2012, XVI + 571, In: GRUR Int 62, Nr. 1, p. 90 - 92, 2013.

Kur, Annette: Not Prior in Time, But Superior in Right: How Trademark Registrations Can be Affected by Third Party Interests in a Sign (Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law Research Paper No. 13-10). In: IIC, 2013, Volume 44, Nr. 7, p. 790 - 814.

Kur, Annette: What Kind of Use is This? – Open Question Aften ONEL/OMEL (Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property & Research Paper No. 13-15). In: IPRInfo, 2013, Volume 3, p. 8 - 11.

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Jurisdiction and Law Applicable to Online Trademark Infringement

ERA Annual Conference on Trademarks and Designs

  • Location: Alicante


The Protection of Graphical User Interfaces by European Design Legislation

The Future of Design Protection, Universtity of Indiana, Maurer Law Center/University of Oxford

  • Location: Oxford


Liability of Intermediaries – Which Law Applies?

ALAI Konferenz 2012

  • Location: Kyoto

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SS 2012



  • Location: LMU München

WS 11/12



  • Location: LMU München

WS 10/11

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  • Location: LMU München

Participation in projects:

Geistiges Eigentum und Internationales Privatrecht (Intellectual property and international private law)

Intellectual Property Rights in Transition (with the University of Stockholm)

Interessenausgleich im Urheberrecht (Balance of interests in copyright law)

Perspektiven des Gemeinschaftsmarkenrechts (The future of the Community trademark law)