German Week 2016 was the 13th edition of this event, which this year took place from 13th to 21st April in St. Petersburg under the motto “Responsibility - Dialogue - Openness”. It was a resounding success. This year once again, the IRZ supported the German Consulate General in St. Petersburg and the Russian Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation as they prepared and developed the programme for a forum on “Problems and perspectives for development in the field of intellectual property”, which was on the agenda for 19th April 2016.

Almost 10,000 visitors to German Week could choose from around 90 events covering culture, education, economy, law and science, which were aimed at promoting a vibrant and modern picture of Germany. This series of events is traditionally organised by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in partnership with the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Filiale Nordwest, and the Goethe Institute and it is the highlight of German cultural life in St. Petersburg. The federal state of Brandenburg was the partner state for this year’s German Week. More than 50 other organisations and companies were also involved in German Week, with their own contributions to the programme or as sponsors.

The event was opened by the Consul General for the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg, Dr. Heike Peitsch. On the Russian side, Artur O. Parfentschikow, Head of the Federal Service for the Judiciary, Danil W. Rybin, Director of the Russian Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation and Pjotr W. Gerassimenko, President of the association of notaries in St. Petersburg, welcomed the participants.

Around 50 people from the legal profession, universities and the media took part in this event, which was held in the Consulate General.

On the German side, Dr. Oliver Schön, a judge at the Regional Court of Munich, and Laura Philipp, a consultant at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office in Munich, contributed to the meeting with lectures on comparative law. German and Russian law professionals took part in lively discussions on current topics in the field of intellectual property, including the system for the legal enforcement of industrial property rights, the inheritance and execution of copyright, the collective perception of rights and the role and function of copyright collectives. The areas of discussion were of enormous practical relevance to the Russian experts present and were immediately met with great interest. Lively discussions and intense exchanges of expertise between the Russian and German sides meant that - even in these times of political unrest - the dialogue and successful cooperation, which as far as legal collaboration is concerned has existed for years, will be continued.

In future years, the IRZ will continue to play an active role in organising the now traditional German Week in St. Petersburg.