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Portraits: Stefan Warbek (above). From top: Alexandra Leistner, Johannes Ziller, Julia Küng, Katharina Braun
Protecting intellectual properties in a connected world For those working in the creative sector, one of the biggest challenges is how to protect their ideas and intellectual property from theft and fraud. This is an urgent question since the early days of the internet when the exchange of ideas and – sadly so – plagiarism hit new dimensions. Lawyers like Dr. Stefan Warbek and his colleagues are experts when it comes to securing those intangible goods. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: WARBEK RECHTSANWÄLTE
When thinking of intellectual properties, unauthorised use of pictures and photographs spring to mind, the reprint of texts without permission or websites illegally offering music to download. But the field is far wider: theatre performances or dance choreographies for example are also protected as intellectual property, as are many other events. Not to speak of research results or developments. It is a complicated sphere that touches many different fields of law, often making it nearly impossible for artists or event organisers to protect their ideas without help – for example when drawing up contracts. After working for a renowned law office in Vienna, Dr. Stefan Warbek founded his own
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law office in 1999 and specialised in, for instance, copyright law, patent law and trademark law. In short, all law fields concerning intellectual properties. At the Innsbruckbased office eight lawyers currently work on all questions of intellectual properties, data protection, internet rights, contracts in science and research or sponsorship deals. “We have all focused on how to protect and secure immaterial goods and values, only when it comes to tangible goods like bars of gold others are responsible,” says Stefan Warbek. Even though tangible goods – like buildings – sometimes are essential as well when working for the creative industry: just imagine a cultural event organiser in need of a new venue. A new building has
to be built or an old one renovated. Even here ideas play an important role. Musical theatres for example often design their stage according to the play they are staging and its unique characteristics and needs. Even how and where lights are set determine the creative outcome. This is why Warbek law office for instance also deals with building laws. Intellectual property rights are complicated: often enough small parts at first glance seem rather unimportant, but indeed are often essential for the overall creative idea. Only experts like the lawyers at Warbek’s knowhow to protect even these tiniest details. www.warbek.at
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