Invited Overseas researchers | Frank Gotzen

Frank Gotzen  
Frank Gotzen
Professor, KU LIUVWEN Centre for IT & IP Law

Visiting Term

21 August - 6 September, 21 November - 10 December 2006
7 - 22 April, 25 August - 9 September 2002


Professor Frank Gotzen (°1947) studied law in Namur and Leuven. He received his law degree (Doctor in Law) from the K.U.Leuven in 1970. He obtained a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung and worked from 1970 till 1973 as a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition law in Munich. In 1979 he became a lecturer for "Copyright" at the Law Faculty of the K.U.Leuven and in 1984 also for "Industrial Property". Since 1987, he is Professor for Copyright an Industrial Property. Professor Gotzen has been Dean of the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Brussels (K.U.Brussel) from 1982 till 1987. From 1992 till 1997 he was the Rector of this university. Professor Gotzen is the founder of the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) and has been its director since 1988. In 1994 Professor Gotzen worked as an expert at the Belgian Parliament to review the Belgian Copyright Bill. He has been an expert several times for the Commission of the European Community, drafting studies in Intellectual Property matters.


He is author of numerous books and articles written or translated in Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese in the field of Industrial Property, Copyright and European Law.After his retirement, he has been asked by K.U.Leuven to continue teaching “Copyright Law”. List of recent publications Quelques variations sur un grand thème: le droit d’auteur face à l’information scientifique in: La propriété intellectuelle en question(s), Collection IRPI n° 27, Paris, 2006, p. 45-58.

  • Commentaar op art. 1 en art. 2 in: De Belgische auteurswet. Artikelsgewijze commentaar– La loi belge sur le droit d’auteur. Commentaire par article. Huldeboek Jan Corbet, Brussel 2006, p. 5-22.
  • Mécanismes juridiques permettant de faire valoir la norme internationale de droit d’auteur en droit interne, Auteurs & Media 2006, p. 136-147.
  • Het Benelux-Verdrag inzake de intellectuele eigendom als instrument van internationaal recht, I.R.D.I. 2006, p. 262-265.
  • The situation of European Copyright protection in the thirties , ALAI Copyright Society of Japan, Tokyo, 2006, p. 21-27, 66-70 (in Japanese).
  • Le droit d’auteur en Europe : Quo vadis ? Quelques conclusions après la transposition de la directive d’harmonisation dans la société de l’information, Revue Internationale du Droit d’Auteur, N° 211, janvier 2007, p. 2 - 89.
  • The industrial property right protection of the producer of a database. Some Reflections on the Future of European and Japanese Protection Schemes, Institute of Intellectual Property, Tokyo, March 2007, 10 + 27 +10 + 28 p. (English and Japanese).
  • The industrial property right protection of the producer of a database (Summary), Chizaiken Forum (IIP Tokyo), Vol 68, Winter 2007, p. 46-51.
  • Legal Instruments making it possible to support the use of International Standards on Copyright in National Law in: Exploring the Sources of Copyright, Paris, 2007, p. 210- 224.
  • Wegwijs in het intellectueel eigendomsrecht (met M.C. Janssens), Brugge, 2007, 292 p.
  • Copyright contracts under Belgian Law (in Japanese), Intellectual Property Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 17, Nov. 2007, School of Law, Hokkaido University, p. 1-17.
  • The industrial property right protection of the producer of a database, IIP Bulletin 2007, Vol.16, p. 134-140.
  • Handboek Merkenrecht (met M.C. Janssens), CIR reeks nr. 22, Bruylant, Brussel, 2008, 321 p.
  • Does the Moral Right of the Author Extend to Destruction of his Work? (met M.C. Janssens, A. Quaedvlieg, Th. Dreier), in: B. Demarsin et alii (ed.), Art & Law, Die Keure, Brugge, 2008, p. 234-263.
  • Een Brugse beeldenstorm in een glas water. Cassatie bekijkt het recht op integriteit van de auteur, Auteurs & Media 2009, p. 104-106.
  • Wegwijs in het intellectueel eigendomsrecht (met M.C. Janssens), Brugge, 2° ed. 2009, 315 p.