Clemens Appl

About the person

Prof. Clemens Appl is Academic Director of the Center for Intellectual Property, Media and Innovation Law at the University for Continuing Education Krems in Austria. He holds the Chair of International, European and Austrian Copyright Law.

The triad of technology, society and law forms the foundation of his scientific research, publication and teaching activities in the field of private business law. The focus of his scientific work is therefore on the legal issues arising from technological innovation, digitization, networking and the corresponding new business models and social challenges.

Against this background, his research and publication activities focus on intellectual property law, competition law, trade secrets, software law, protection of personal data and data ownership. In particular, Prof. Appl pays special attention to socially relevant issues relating to the Digital Single Market, co-creation, prosuming, digital cultural heritage and the Data and Platform Economy.

Prof. Appl has experience in leading interdisciplinary research groups and in the field of Citizen Science: In two publicly funded third-party projects, he and a diverse team, including Citizen Scientists, addressed selected fundamental questions of copyright law and its remodelling (www.u-g-c.at and www.inter-act.at). Currently, Prof. Appl is leading an international consortium within the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership "DDM4SME" (www.ddm4sme.eu). The object of the collaboration is the research-led development of the multinational continuing education program LL.M. "Data Economy Law".

Prof. Appl is an industrial engineer and studied law at the law faculty of the University of Vienna, where he received his doctorate with distinction in 2010 on "Technical Standardization and Intellectual Property". A revised and enhanced version of his thesis has been published by Springer as a monograph in early 2012. He was a member of the IT|IP-Law Group of the Vienna University of Economics and Business from 2006 until his professorship at the University for Continuing Education Krems.

He is an advisory board member and editorial director for several legal publications as well as a member of various professional associations, including chairman and founding member of the Research Association for Technology Law (FTR) and member of the board of the Research Association INFOLAW. Prof. Appl is a member of the scientific steering committees of various national and international conferences on intellectual property and competition law. Research stays in 2014 and 2016 led him to the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich.

Prof. Appl is well embedded in the international and Austrian scientific and practice community. In addition to his teaching and research activities at the University for Continuing Education Krems and the Vienna University of Economics and Business he is frequently invited to give expert presentations. Finally, he pursues various outreach activities, such as a teaching engagement at the Secondary School for Industrial Engineering and Management at the TGM in Vienna in the field of corporate management and business law.

Personal research focus

  • Copyright
  • Trademark, Design and Patent Law
  • Competition Law
  • Trade Secrets
  • Software Law
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Data Rights

Functions in university self-administration

  • since 2023 Full Member of the Arbitration Commission the University of Arts Linz
  • since 2019 Elected member of the Senate of the University for Continuing Education Krems
  • since 2018 Elected Speaker of the Curia of Professors of the University for Continuing Education Krems and chairman of the UPV University for Continuing Education Krems
  • 2016-2022 Member of the Working Group for Equal Treatment Issues (AKG) of University for Continuing Education Krems (until 2019: Deputy Chairman of the AKG)

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Publications (Extract Research Database)

Anderl, A.; Appl, C. (2022). Anhang zu § 2 UWG. In: Wiebe, A.; Kodek, G., Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb (2. Auflage=: 84. Lieferung (57 Seiten), Manz, Wien

Anderl, A.; Appl, C. (2022). § 2 UWG. In: Wiebe, A.; Kodek, G., Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb (2. Auflage): 81-83. Lieferung (151 Seiten), Manz, Wien

Appl, C. (2022). Wettbewerbsrecht (UWG) - Verbraucherleitbild / Irreführende Geschäftspraktiken / Vergleichende Werbung. In: Wiebe, A., Wettbewerbs- und Immaterialgüterrecht (5. Auflage): 333-336 / 374-420, Facultas, 2022

Appl, C. (2022). Musterschutzrecht. In: Wiebe, A., Wettbewerbs- und Immaterialgüterrecht (5. Auflage): 93-129, Facultas, Wien

Appl, C. (2022). Urheberrecht. In: Wiebe, A., Wettbewerbs- und Immaterialgüterrecht (5. Auflage): 197-308, Facultas, Wien

Appl, C.; Homar, Ph.; Wiebe, A. (2022). Geistiges Eigentum und Wettbewerb (2. Auflage). Facultas, Wien

Appl, C. (2021). Rechtsprechungsübersicht Privates Technikrecht 1/2021. ZTR - Zeitschrift für Energie und Technikrecht, 1: 53, Pedell

Appl, C.; Penz, E.; Homar, P.; Reiter, C.; Knotzer, S (2021). INTER!ACT-Endbericht - Interaktive konsensbasierte Entwicklung eines Modell-Urheberrechtsgesetzes.

Walter, M.; Appl, C. (2021). § 57 Österreichisches Urheberrecht. In: Loewenheim, U., Handbuch des Urheberrechts: 1056-1142, C.H. Beck, München

Appl, C. (2020). 2 Sekunden - 20 Jahre lang: EuGH 29. 7 .2019, C-476/17 – Pelham / Metall auf Metall. ÖBl - Österreichische Blätter für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht, 3: 135-142, Manz

Appl, C. (2020). Mashups, Remixes, Sampling und Co: Abhängiges Werkschaffen in der Tonkunst aus urheberrechtlicher Sicht. ipCompetence, 24: 12-23, Manz

Appl, C. (2020). Revision harmonisierter Normen – Grenzen der Herabsetzung von Sicherheitsstandards. Zeitschrift für Energie und Technikrecht (ZTR), 3: 141-148, Pedell

Appl, C. (2019). § 346 UGB – Gebräuche im Geschäftsverkehr. In: Zib, Ch. / Dellinger, M., UGB Großkommentar - Band IV: 27-65, LexisNexis, Wien

Appl, C. (2019). Art 20 Rom II-VO – Mehrfache Haftung. In: Pfeiffer, Th., Soergel BGB 27/1 13. Auflage: ###, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart

Appl, C. (2019). Urheberrecht und Digitalisierung in der Platform Economy. In: Felten / Kofler / Mayrhofer / Perner / Tumpel, Digitale Transformation im Wirtschafts- & Steuerrecht: 69-88, Linde, Wien

Appl, C. (2019). Länderbericht Österreich. In: Fischer, V.;Hoppen, J.;Wimmers. J., DGRI Jahrbuch 2018: 235-254, Otto Schmidt, Köln

Appl, C.; Homar, P. (2018). Managing Content in a Platform Economy: Copyright-based Approaches to User-Generated-Content . In: Redlich / Moritz / Wulfsberg, Co-Creation: Reshaping Business and Society in the Era of Bottom-up Economics: 189-199, Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg

Rinnerbauer, B.; Appl, C.; Parycek, P. (2018). Utopie Datenhoheit. In: GLOBArt, (UN)ORDNUNG - Was die Welt zusammenhält: 87-93, DeGruyter, Berlin

Rinnerbauer, B.; Appl, C.; Parycek, P. (2018). Utopie Datenhoheit. GLOBArt Academy Tagungsband

Appl, C. (2018). Digitalisierung, Vernetzung und das Recht der öffentlichen Wiedergabe im Schlaglicht der Platform Economy. MR - Medien und Recht, Beilage H3 „50. Arbeitskreis Urheberrecht“: 37

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Rechtsfragen bei digitaler Kunst und NFT

Technologieworkshop „NFT´s – Non-fungible Token“, 14/12/2022

Einführung in das Urheberrecht

IP-Academy, 21/11/2022

Schutz kreativer und innovativer Leistungen

ICC Austria Seminar »Internationaler & nationaler Schutz von Geistigem Eigentum und Betriebsgeheimnissen«, 27/09/2022

Digital Services Act und Digital Markets Act – Auswirkungen auf digitale Geschäftsmodelle: Verhältnis von DSA und DSM-RL (Implikationen für die Verantwortung von Plattformen)

IP-DAY 2022, 19/09/2022

AI as Decision-Making Tool in Corporate Management

ERASMUS+ Summerschool Data Economy Law, 07/08/2022

Projektpräsentation "DDM4SME"

Research & Policy Workshop: Data-Driven Economy, 09/05/2022

Algorithmic Copyright Enforcement and „User Rights“ Compliance

Research & Policy Workshop: Data-Driven Economy, 09/05/2022

Urheberrecht und Digitalwirtschaft

Workshop IPR – Coaching im Rahmen von awsFirst, 25/03/2022

Rechtsprechung im Urheberrecht 2019-2022: Eckpunkte und Entwicklungen

Arbeitskreis Urheberrecht, 12/03/2022

Preservation of Digital Cultural Heritage in the Light of the DSM-Directive

Tricontinental Workshop on Intellectual Property, 15/10/2021

Datengestützte Unternehmensführung inkl. Rechtssicherheit

TIP-Webinar, 23/09/2021

Das Digital Services Act & Digital Finance Package

15. Österreichischer IT-Rechtstag, 12/05/2021

CULTURAL HERITAGE AND DIGITISATION: Preservation of Artistic Creation and its Copyright Implications

(re)WIPS5 Fifth Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in Szeged, 19/04/2021

Urheberrecht und Digitalwirtschaft

Workshop IPR – Coaching im Rahmen von awsFirst, 16/04/2021

Einführung in das Urheberrecht

IP-Academy, 14/04/2021

Faksimile und Austellungskopie: Eine rechtliche Perspektive

MUSEUM+RECHT 2020: "Original, Reproduktion & Eigentum”, 11/12/2020

Urheberrecht in der Schule

ÖBV Webinar, 14/10/2020

Wem gehören die Fotos auf meinem Handy?

Waldviertel Akademie, 25/09/2020

Reichweite der urheber- und markenrechtlichen Ansprüche auf Beseitigung und angemessenes Entgelt auf digitalen Plattformen

IP-DAY 2020, 22/09/2020

Einführung in das Urheberrecht

IP-ACADEMY, 26/05/2020

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