dr Lavinia Brâncuși

tel. +48 22 520 84 73
email: l.brancusi@inp.pan.pl
Office hours: Tuesdays, 14:00-16:00
  • Adiunkt at New Technologies Law Centre, Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Science (ILS PAS);
  • Law degrees at Warsaw University, Faculty of Law and Administration (master, dr. iur.) with an awarded doctoral dissertation in EU design law;
  • Previous academic positions at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Faculty of Canon Law, with lectures in the field of Polish civil law and industrial property;
  • Collaboration as an of counsel with IP law firms for issues related to product protection.

Cumulative protection in intellectual property law; Designs and trade marks in the realm of new technologies; Functionality in trademark and design law; Civil law and intellectual property law; Interfaces between intellectual property rights and competition rules, with a specific focus on brands.

Research projects:

  • Trade Marks’ Functionality in the EU Law. An approach embracing the US functionality doctrine and competition rules – habilitation project – Grant within DIALOG competition (0008/DLG/2019/10): ‘Excellence in Legal Research. Promoting Polish achievements in the area of legal sciences abroad’.
  • Unstandardised IP standards in the post-TRIPS world – Trade marks and designs perspectives.
  • Trade marks, goodwill and brand image – in search for a proper definition and methods of assessing their value.


The doctoral dissertation received the award of the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education in the 2010 annual competition organized by the Polish Patent Office for the best dissertations in the field of industrial property.

  1. “<<A bottle with a diagonal line on it>> or <<a bottle with a blade of grass inside it>>? GC rules on the subject matter of a trade mark and its permissible alteration for genuine use purposes”, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice __/2020, DOI: 10.1093/jiplp/jpaa175 (published November 22, 2020)
  2. “Why is the functionality doctrine in trade mark law worth advanced (re)consideration?”, Contemporary Central and East European Law 2019/ 1 (133)
  3. “Funkcjonalność techniczna i estetyczna jako przeszkoda rejestracji” [Technical and aesthetic functionality as a refusal ground] in : “ Znaki towarowe i ich ochrona” [Trade marks and their protection] (red. Ryszard Skubisz), CH Beck Polska, 2019
  4. “Trademarks’ functionality in the EU law – Expected new trends after the Louboutin case”, European Intellectual Property Review 2/ 2019
  5. “Alternative products as a factor to determine the functionality of trade marks –How the criteria from the US functionality doctrine could be applied in the EU law?”, in : “Is Intellectual Property Pluralism Functional” (ed. Susy Frankel), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
  6. “Assessing the Impact of Registering Non-Traditional Marks in the EU law : A Competition Law Analysis”, in : “The Protection of Non-Traditional Marks : Critical Perspectives” (ed. Irene Calboli, Martin Senftleben), Oxford University Press, 2018
  7. “Community Design Regulation. Article-by-Article Commentary”, (ed. Gordian Hasselblatt), 2 ed. C.H. Beck & Hart Publishing & Nomos, 2018
    • “Commentaries to Art. 8 CDR”, p. 138-163
    • “Commentaries to Art. 9 CDR” p. 163-169
    • “Commentaries to Art. 96 CDR”, p. 639-640
    • “Poland” (co-author Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska), p. 857-866
  8. “Druk 3D i jego wpływ na prawa własności przemysłowej”, [The impact of 3D printing on industrial property rights] in : “100 lat ochrony własności przemysłowej na ziemiach polskich” Ksiąga pamiątkowa Urzędu Patentowego RP, Wolters Kluwer Polska, 2018
  9. “Graficzny interfejs użytkownika (GUI) jako wzór przemysłowy” [Graphical User Interface as an industrial design], Przegląd Prawa Handlowego 8/ 2018
  10. “Wprowadzenie” & “Ochrona kumulatywna wzorów przemysłowych” [“Introduction” & “Cumulative protection for industrial designs”] (co-author Maria Poźniak-Niedzielska) (do rozdz. LI “Ochrona kumulatywna w prawie własności przemysłowej”), in : „System prawa prywatnego. Prawo własności przemysłowej”, (ed. Ryszard Skubisz), t. 14C, C.H. Beck, Warszawa 2017, p. 253-292
  11. “Ochrona kumulatywna w zakresie rozwiązań technicznych” & “Ochrona kumulatywna w zakresie oznaczeń odróżniających” & “Uwagi końcowe” [“Cumulative protection for technical subject-matters” & “Cumulative protection for distinctive signs” & “Final remarks”] (do rozdz. LI “Ochrona kumulatywna w prawie własności przemysłowej”), in: „System prawa prywatnego. Prawo własności przemysłowej”, (ed. Ryszard Skubisz), t. 14C, C.H. Beck, Warszawa 2017, p. 293-364
  12. “Poland. (II) Scope of protection”, in : “Design Rights. Functionality and Scope of Protection”, (ed. Christopher Carani), AIPPI Law Series, Wolters Kluwer International, Alphen aan den Rijn, 2017
  13. “Designs determined by the product’s technical function – Arguments for an autonomous test”, European Intellectual Property Review 1/ 2016
  14. “Functionality of three-dimensional trade-marks in the Polish practice”, ZNUJ PPWI 2(132)/ 2016, special edition
  15. “Wzór wspólnotowy i jego zakres ochrony” [“Community design and its scope of protection”], C.H. Beck Polska, Warszawa 2012
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