Trademark Law Institute

The Trademark Law Institute (TLI) is an inter-university institute based on collaboration between Professor Charles Gielen, University of Groningen, Professor Dirk Visser and Dr. Paul van der Kooij, Leiden University, Professor Antoon Quaedvlieg, Radboud University Nijmegen, Professor Tobias Cohen Jehoram, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Professor Martin Senftleben, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The TLI aims at initiating and fostering top-level analysis, education and research on all topics of trademark law against the background of the rich Benelux tradition in this field. The Benelux Trademark Act of 1971 caused a revolution in several key notions of the discipline. The modern concepts of Benelux trademark law, moreover, had a deep impact on the framing of the first EC Trademark Directive of 1989. As trademark law becomes increasingly international and complex, and case law under harmonised and unified EC law develops at a fast pace, the need for in-depth analysis, education and research is increasing constantly.

Although being primarily concerned with legal aspects of trademarks, the TLI also seeks to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue. For this purpose, it is particularly open for academics from the fields of psychology and cognitive science, cultural and marketing science, and economics.

The TLI focuses on stimulating academic research. Nonetheless, it will also take advantage of the broad expertise of practitioners in the field of trademark law, and the experiences of enterprises operating at a national and multinational level. Similarly, the TLI seeks to cooperate with EC institutions and international organizations.

In particular, the TLI aims at:
  • Organizing international academic conferences on trademark law in The Netherlands; 
  • Initiating (interdisciplinary) academic research in The Netherlands; 
  • Bringing together PhD-students and other researchers; 
  • Encouraging (research on) the development of the key notions of EC trademark law; 
  • Coordinating and upgrading (post-graduate) education in trademark law in The Netherlands.
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