Martin Senftleben is Professor of Intellectual Property, VU University Amsterdam, and Senior Consultant, Bird & Bird. His activities focus on primary and secondary markets for information products, the regulation of business models on these markets through intellectual property rights, and the resulting balance between intellectual property rights and limitations serving social, cultural and economic needs. Current research topics concern trademark law and the preservation of the public domain, the liability of online platforms for the infringement of trademark rights, the introduction of flexible fair use copyright limitations and the enforcement of copyright in the digital environment.
Mr. Senftleben studied law at the University of Heidelberg. After graduation he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam, and the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Munich. In 2004, he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Amsterdam for his thesis ‘Copyright, Limitations and the Three-Step Test – An Analysis of the Three-Step Test in International and EC Copyright Law’. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Senftleben worked as a legal officer in the Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications Law Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. In 2007, he was appointed Professor of Intellectual Property at the VU University Amsterdam. In 2008, he joined Bird & Bird as a Senior Consultant. His publications in Dutch, English, French and German cover substantive and procedural aspects of the protection of intellectual property. Mr. Senftleben is a member of the Executive Committee of ALAI, a member of the State Committee advising the Dutch Minister of Justice on copyright issues, and editor-in-chief of the Dutch journal Copyright, Media and Information Law (Tijdschrift voor auteurs-, media- en informatierecht).