Sosnitza, Olaf

Olaf Sosnitza (CLPE Fellow) is a Professor at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Wuerzburg, Germany. He holds a chair for Civil Law, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property Law and Copyright Law. From 2004 until 2006 he was External Examiner at the School of Law of the University of Sheffield, England. From 2005 until 2008 he was also a Judge at the Appellate Court of Nuremberg. Since 1993 he is a Member and since 2002 also Board of the Canadian-German Lawyers Association. He is Co-Editor of "MarkenR", a German Journal for Trademark Law and also Vice-President of the "Deutsche Lebensmittelbuch-Kommission", a council of experts in the field of Food Law. Olaf Sosnitza is specialized in Intellectual Property Law as well as in Unfair Competition Law and Food Law. His recent publications include: The Right of Prior Use as a Cornerstone of a General Intellectual Property Law, in: Pahlow/Eisfeld, Basics and general Problems of Intellectual Property, 2008, p. 275 et seq.; Digital Rights Management in: Berger/Wündisch, Copyright Contract Law, 2008, p. 191 et seq.; The Influence of International Law on the Law of Geographical Indications, in: Gornig/Schöbener/Bausback/Irmscher, Iustitia et Pax - Gedächtnisschrift für Dieter Blumenwitz, 2008, p. 597 et seq.; The Future of Resale Price Maintenance Agreements in European Antitrust Law, in: Die Aktiengesellschaft 2008, p. 107 et seq. (Co-authored with Prof. Dr. Jochen Hoffmann); The Bill to Implement the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive 2005/29/EC, Wettbewerb in Recht und Praxis 2008, p. 1014 et seq. For further information see
http://www.sosnitza.info/.
While at Osgoode Hall Law School, Professor Sosnitza will be working on his book on German and European Trademark Law, comparing basic rules and principles of Trademark Law in Canada and Germany. An example of which is the concept of post sale confusion, which although known in both countries, appears to have quite different roots. Professor Sosnitza shall scrutinize the theoretical basis of this concept in Canadian Law and compare it to the legal situation with German and European Statutory Law and court rulings to evaluate differences, which also could provide new insights and ideas for the comprehension and application of Trademark Law in both jurisdictions.

Fellow Year: 
2008 - 2009
Olaf
Sosnitza

Professor at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Wuerzburg, Germany