Jacques de Werra

University of Geneva

Jacques de Werra is Professor of contract law and intellectual property law at the Law School of the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is Vice-rector of the University of Geneva since July 2015. He authored a doctoral thesis in Swiss and comparative copyright law which he completed as a visiting scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich in 1996. He then practiced law in Switzerland, before obtaining an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School in New York City in 2001 and being admitted to the New York bar in 2002. Jacques researches, publishes and discusses on topics related to various aspects of intellectual property law, contract law, particularly on the commercialization of intellectual property assets with the use of transfer of technology, licensing and franchising, IT and Internet law, as well as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for IP, technology and Internet-related disputes. He is the coordinator of the WIPO - University of Geneva Summer school on Intellectual Property for the University of Geneva and the organizer of the Internet l@w summer school (www.internetlaw-geneva.ch). Jacques is the editor of a scientific books series, propriété intellectuelle - intellectual property, in which the proceedings of annual intellectual property law conferences held at the University of Geneva are published (journées de droit de la propriété intellectuelle).

Opinion

2 December 2016
While there is no international obligation to do so, there is a global trend to specialise or centralise the handling of certain types of intellectual property (IP) disputes. The question whether it is advantageous or necessary to establish specialised IP courts, however, is a difficult one to...