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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Philipp Homar

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About the person


Prof. Dr. Philipp Homar holds the chair of Intellectual Property at the Institute of Corporate Law since March 2021.

His research interests lie in intellectual property and competition law as well as in related areas of law. His publications and lectures focus on challenges digitalization and virtualization pose under intellectual property law (especially copyright law) and on the protection of trade secrets ("know-how protection").

Philipp Homar studied Law as well as Theatre, Film and Media Studies, both at the University of Vienna, Business Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and completed research stays at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Munich) and at the Law and Technology Centre of the University of Hong Kong. He is a regular speaker at international and national conferences.

Mission statement 

Research: The research activities of the chair focus on intellectual property rights (copyright, patent, trademark, design law) as well as on related areas of law. Research is conducted on legal challenges that intellectual property faces in a networked society and economic order, as well as on requirements that the legal framework must meet in order for intellectual property to promote technical, creative and artistic innovations. In the context of interdisciplinary research projects, research is also conducted on the interrelations between law, technology and society.

Teaching: Teaching activities contain the international, European and national legal foundations. An essential cornerstone is the integration of current legal, technical and economic developments.Special emphasis is placed on making the background and protective purposes of intellectual property understandable to students and on enabling them to deal with legal problems they face in their professional, academic and private life.

Dissemination: The research results obtained at the chair are disseminated primarily through publications and presentations at national and international conferences. In order to promote young researchers, the research assistants of the chair are gradually integrated into the dissemination practice and supported in establishing their own research and publication activities. In addition, research findings are made accessible to civil society through outreach activities ("third mission") and scientifically founded contributions are made to the legal policy discourse.

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