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Conference : Innovation, space technologies, and patents

Oct 11, 2018
Category: News

A law on space exploration and exploitation of the resources entered into force in Luxembourg in 2017, the second country to define such a legal framework after the USA. This law makes it possible for companies and start-ups to settle in the Grand-Duché with the aim to develop their strategy of exploration and commercial use of the spatial resources.

The resources may concern, for instance, metallic materials, minerals, oils or water. The resources can be brought back on Earth, or used in space, for example to build a space station.

By clarifying the legal framework, Luxembourg aims at supporting the development of a new branch of the industry and at diversifying its economy. 

It is within this context that Emmanuel Schneider attended the conference organized by the Academy of European Patent Office on October 8, 2018, focused on various topics of the legal challenges which the upcoming space innovations will face.

A number of legal issues were raised and among others the apparent contradiction between the Luxembourgish law and article 1 of the Outer Space Treaty (1967) which reads that access to space is free and shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind. Also, the competency and jurisdiction of the national courts in the event of an infringement were discussed.

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