Catharina Maracke

Project Associate Professor
Graduate School of Media and Governance
Short BiographyDr. Catharina Maracke is a Project Associate Professor at the Graduate School for Media and Governance, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Keio University. Her current work and research focuses on Intellectual Property law and policy and the interaction between law, technology and society.

Catharina Maracke graduated from the University of Kiel and the Hamburg Court of Appeal, Germany, with the first and second state examination. While studying she obtained a scholarship from the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich to write her PhD thesis on the History of the German Copyright Act of 1965. As international Director at Creative Commons she has overseen the international licensing projects for more than 3 years. Dr. Catharina Maracke is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, a fellow at the OpenForum Academy in Europe, a member of the WEF-WIPO Intellectual Property Steering Committee and a member of the advisory board at the Defensive Patent License Project. She is admitted to the Bar in Germany.
Areas of ExpertiseIntellectual Property Law, Open Innovation, Free and Open Source Software, Legal Philosophy
Selected Publications"Voluntary Patent Pledges: A Postcard From Germany", together with Axel Metzger in Contreras, Jorge (Ed.), Patent Pledges: Global Perspectives on Patent Law's Private Ordering Frontier in Edward Elgar Publishing Limited 2016
"Playing Nice with Patents", together with Axel Metzger, North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, Volume 17, Issue 3: March 2016
"Das Urheberrechtswahrnehmungsgesetz", forthcoming in Festschrift 50 Jahre Deutsches Urheberrecht (ed. by Thomas Dreier und Reto M. Hilty) Beck Verlag 2015
"Towards a Design Space for a Commons Provenance System", together with Tessa Askamp, Paul Keller, Mike Linksvayer, Maarten Zeinstra, Draft January 2015, online publication available at
"Software and Lessons from Free and Open Source Models, Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Creative Economy", together with other members of the WEF IP Global Agenda Council, working paper by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System, online publication available at
"Copyright Management for Open Collaborative Projects – Inbound Licensing Models for Open Innovation", 2013 SCRIPTed Volume 10 Issue 2, available at
“Cultural flat rate, digital libraries, Creative Commons – What role for collecting societies in the 21st century?”, GRUR Int. 2010, 671 (Heft 8/9)
“Intelligent Multimedia: Sharing Creative Works in a Digital World” ed. together with Daniele Bourcier, Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, and Pompeu Casanovas (European Press Academic Publishing in Florence, Italy 2010)
“Creative Commons International – The International License Porting Project”, JIPITEC Vol. 1, 2010 (
“Creative Commons – ein rechtliches Laienwerkzeug in der digitalen Welt” (“Creative Commons – a legal tool for everyone”) together with John Henrik Weitzmann, OEKOM, Berlin 2008
“A Delimitation of Design Protection and Copyright” Institute of Intellectual Property, Tokyo 2006
“Die Entstehung des Urheberrechtsgesetzes von 1965” (“The origin of the German Copyright Act of 1965”), Duncker&Humblot, Berlin 2003
Contact Information5322 Endo Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan
Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
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