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PhD Defence Arina Gorbatyuk

On Friday 31 May 2019 at 5 p.m., Arina GORBATYUK will be defending her doctoral thesis and supplementary theses at the KU Leuven Faculty of Law, with a view to obtaining the degree of doctor in law.

The public defence takes place in the Promotion hall, Naamsestraat 22 in Leuven. Professors wear academic robes.

The title of the doctoral thesis is: “Rethinking Intellectual Property Ownership in the Context of Open Innovation”

A summary of the doctoral thesis is available here.

The doctoral student also defends two supplementary theses, listed below.

The supervisor is Prof. Dr. Geertrui Van Overwalle (KU Leuven). The co-supervisor is Prof. Dr. Esther van Zimmeren (UAntwerp). The other members of the examining committee are Prof. Dr. Wouter Devroe (KU Leuven), Prof. Dr. Marie-Christine Janssens (KU Leuven), Prof. Dr. Nari Lee (Hanken) and Prof. Dr. Katherine Strandburg (New York University). The chairman of the examining committee is Em. Prof. Dr. Jacques Herbots (KU Leuven).

Arina GORBATYUK was born in Moscow on 8 January 1989. In 2010 she obtained a Master’s degree in Law with specialisation in intellectual property law from Deusto University, Tilburg University, and the University of Strasbourg (a semester-based Erasmus Mundus Master program). Since October 2012, she works as a legal researcher at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law. Since October 2015, she is a Ph.D. Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at KU Leuven and UAntwerp.

Supplementary theses

  1. “The right to repair”: a world-wide patent exhaustion has to be implemented to permit repair shops to reconstruct patented elements of products to repair them. This measure would allow consumers to opt for alternative repair shops, other than the ones suggested by product manufacturers. 
  2. In the recent decade companies have shifted from traditional advertising to advertising through social media “influencers”. Following this trend, the European Commission should regulate marketing of goods and services by influencers in the EU internal market, including such issues as transparency of influencers’ advertisements and influencers’ liability.