Research Unit Intellectual Property Rights (CIR)

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The Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) was established in 1988 following an initiative of the law faculties of the Catholic University of Leuven and the Catholic University of Brussels.

This Centre was founded in response to an increasing need felt by scientists, lawyers, technologists and companies. The objective was, and still is, to gain a profound knowledge in patent, trade mark, design and copyright law. More in particular the CIR wishes to gain a better insight into new and evolving areas of intellectual property law (such as the protection of software, semi-conductor products and biotechnological inventions, standardisation and technology transfers) and the general problems of patents, trade marks, designs and copyright.

To concretize these objects the CIR organizes a manifold of activities on an interdisciplinary level. These activities include fundamental research, the gathering of documentation, the provision of postgraduate teaching, organizing conferences and scientific service to the community.

As a consequence of its various activities the CIR has acquired an established reputation on the national as well as on the international level.

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