The Centre for Intellectual Property Rights

The Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) was established in 1988 on the initiative of Prof. Frank Gotzen with the approval 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 object 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. Through these activities the CIR has acquired an established reputation on the national as well as on the international level.

CIR & ICRI bundle forces:

As from 1 July 2014 CIR merged with the Leuven Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) with which it has been collaborating for several years. The full integration of our complementary expertise will enable the new research unit to expand its mission and vision in future research and teaching activities.