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13th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2021

22- 23 October 2021 PROGRAM

DETAILED IN PRESENCE CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Venue: Carlos III University

Madrid City Center Campus 

Puerta de Toledo,  Madrid, Spain

 

ALL HOURS INDICATED ARE THOSE OF THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME ZONE 

(CET = Madrid Time)

For those Colleagues who cannot travel, we do offer the possibility to participate online

 

DAY 1

Friday, 22 October 2021

 

09:15-09:45 Registration

 

09:45-10:00 Welcome and introduction

The Rector of Carlos III University of Madrid 

Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

Yolanda Bergel Sainz de Baranda, Professor of Law, Carlos III University of Madrid and Sara Martin Salamanca, Professor of Law, Vice-Rector for Research, Carlos III University of Madrid

 

10:00-11:15 Session 1  • Host Country’s Landscape 

IP Teaching in Europe and in the world: from Spanish Traditions to Spanish Innovations

Speaker: José Miguel Rodríguez Tapia, Profesor Catedratico, Universidad de Malaga

Discussant: Mª Mercedes Curto Polo, Profesora Titular de Derecho Mercantil. Especialidad en Derecho de la Propiedad Industrial e Intelectual. UNED, Madrid, 

Session Chair: Adoración Perez Troya, EIPTN Board Member, Profesora Titular de Derecho Mercantil, Universidad de Alcalà /Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

 

11:15-11:30 Coffee break

 

11:30-13:30 Session 2  • External Resources for IP Teaching in Universities

Session Chair: Session Chair: Nicolas Binctin, University of Poitiers, EIPTN Board Member

 

  • Supporting Academics for online and in presence activities: EPO’s Academy’s Experience, Giovanna Oddo, Programme Area Manager Academia, European Patent Academy, EPO
  • Supporting Academics for online and in presence activities: EUIPO’s Academy’s Experience, Javier Guillem, IP Specialist, EUIPO Academy

 

13:30-15:15 Networking Lunch

 

15:15-15:40 Session 2 cont’d

  • EPIP: an association of IP economics, law and policy researchers”. Catalina Martinez, EPIP President

 

15:40-17:15 Session 3 • Innovative overall approaches for IP Teaching, Session Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

  • From IP Master Programs with a Digital Law Module to Digital Law Programs with a prominent IP component, Manuel Desantes Real, Professor Catedratico, University of Alicante, Former Vice-President of the European Patent Office
  • Teaching intellectual property from the ethical and sustainability perspective, Helen Gubby, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
  • Including Decolonisation, Ethical and Sustainable IP education in an IP Management module’ – following a successful introduction of the topic in 2020/21, Ruth Soetendorp, Professor Emerita and Associate Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, Bournemouth University.

 

17:15-17:30 Coffee break

 

17:30-19:00 Session 4 • Innovative Tools for  IP Teaching in Universities, Session Chair: Alison Firth, EIPTN Board Member

 

  • The curious case of the academic in residence; embedding IP teaching into a unicorn company’s digital course platform. Joe Sekhon, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • The University beyond the Academia.  The use of open source technologies in the dissemination of Intellectual Property and their benefits for teaching, Hernán Núñez Rocha, Researcher, University of Alcala, Spain
  • Improving Learner Engagement online by the use of Virtual Reality film,  Caroline Coles, Aston University, Birmingham, UK 

 

20:30: Networking Dinner

 

DAY 2

Saturday, 23 October 2021

 

10:00-11:45 Session 5  • Researching and Publishing for Supporting Efficient IP Teaching

  1. The EIPTN Projects developed by EIPTN Working Groups (http://www.eiptn.eu/working-groups/): Publications Projects, Session Chair: Ulrika Wennersten, EIPTN Board Member 
  • IP and Fashion: EIPTN Teaching Booklets IP in relation to Arts, Fashion, Culture and Creative Industries, Ulrika Wennersten, Maria Mercedes Curto Polo; Gabriele Gagliani  
  • IP and Fundamental Rights EIPTN Teaching Booklets, Ulrika Wennersten; Laurent Manderieux; Gabriele Gagliani

 

     2. Supporting Research for promoting the IP culture at Universities, Session Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

Claudia Tapia, Chair, 4iP Council for Europe

 

11:45-12:00 Coffee break

 

12:00-13:30 Session 6  • External Partnerships and Resources for IP Teaching in Universities: EIPTN’s Cooperation with International Non-Governmental Organisations, Session Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

  • AIPPI and IP education: potential synergies and opportunities for cooperation, Shoichi Okuyama, First Vice-President, Executive Director, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • 4iP Council’s experience in supporting IP Teaching Axel Ferrazzini, 4iP Council EU Managing Director
  • The IP Tango Experience in IP Studying and Teaching. Patricia Covarrubia,  Reader in Law | Director of the LL.M. International and Commercial Law, University of Buckingham 

 

13:30-15:00 Networking Lunch, including keynote Speech

  • How European IP Teaching Is Perceived in Other Continents, Craig Nard,  Professor of IP Law, Director, Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

 

15:00-15:20 Session 6 cont’d

  • The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding and its relations with IP Studying and Teaching, Mickie Piatt, Co-Director IP Management & Markets Program, Illinois Institute of Technology; Deputy Director, Program in IP Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

 

15:20-16:30 Session 7  • Innovative Methods for  IP Teaching in Universities, Session Chair: Adoración Perez Troya EIPTN Board Member

 

  • Pedagogic methods used in teaching IP licensing to stimulate collaboration and students’ interaction in a post-covid world, Miglena Molhova, Rumyana Brestnichka, Fanny Koleva, Professors at the University of National and World Economy,  Industrial Business department, Sofia, Bulgaria 
  • Blended methodology: a solution or a new problem?  Maurizio Crupi, University of Alicante & Maastricht University 
  • New Program of “Biotechnological achievements as Intellectual Property” for Students Master Degree, Maria Markova, UNWE, Bulgaria

 

16:30-17:30 EIPTN 2021 Open Committee Meeting

 

– developments in the work of the EIPTN Working Groups

– the Way Forward for EIPTN

Session Moderators: EIPTN Committee members

 

Closing remarks

 

Laurent Manderieux, Chair EIPTN Committee

Fernando Bondia Roman, Professor of Law, Director of the Master in IP, Carlos III University of Madrid

and Yolanda Bergel Sainz de Baranda, Professor of Law, Carlos III University of Madrid

 

 

 

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The European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN) brings together individuals from across Europe to exchange ideas on best practice and innovation in teaching and learning activities relating to intellectual property.
EIPTN is interdisciplinary in focus, reflecting intellectual property teaching in a range of disciplines including law, politics, international relations, business studies, economics, computing science, engineering and physics.

 

The EIPTN Organizing Committee is composed by:

Prof. Laurent Manderieux, Bocconi University, Italy

Chair, EIPTN

Laurent.manderieux@unibocconi.it

Prof. Nicolas Binctin, University of Poitiers, France

nicolas.binctin@univ-poitiers.fr

 

Prof. Alison Firth,University of Surrey, UK

a.firth@surrey.ac.uk

Prof. Adoracion PerezUniversity of Alcala, Madrid, Spain

adoracion.perez@uah.es

Ms. Claire Howell, Reader in LawAston University, UK

c.f.howell@aston.ac.uk

 

Dr. Ulrika WennerstenUniversity of Lund, Sweden

Ulrika.wennersten@har.lu.se

 

Contact us :info@eiptn.eu

 


A Stronger EIPTN for Facing New European Challenges

Further to the very successful EIPTN 12th Anniversary Conference ONLINE (October 23-24 2020), the EIPTN Committee has strengthened networking activities for its expanding Membership base, permitting the development of exciting new projects in the near future. We have undertaken regular important structural changes to respond more swiftly and effectively to new challenges IP Teachers face, including in connection with COVID 19.

 

About EIPTN

EIPTN is multi-disciplinary in focus and aims to bring together intellectual property law (IP) teachers from across Europe to exchange ideas on best practices in IP teaching and learning activities.

In particular, EIPTN aims to raise awareness and disseminate information relating to:

  • innovation in the teaching of IP
  • problem-based teaching and learning
  • multi-disciplinary teaching and learning
  • promotion of IP teaching through IP professionals (i.e. patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and technology transfer offices staff)

The European Patent Academy of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Academy of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) support the EIPTN Annual Conference since 2007

 

The Way Forward for EIPTN in the post-Covid world

1– EIPTN Working Groups (http://www.eiptn.eu/working-groups/) are embarking in developing initiatives and publications or group supported-publications. Join Working Groups, so that they develop as many activities as possible.

2- Among the initiatives to develop before the 2021 Session, there will be initiatives that would permit to develop publications for EIPTN, or EIPTN-supported publications.

3- Members are encouraged to alert EIPTN on initiatives and webinars that could be announced in our Sectionhttp://www.eiptn.eu/announcements/ and supported in-between our annual meetings.

Contact us:

For further information about the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN) contact: Laurent.Manderieux@unibocconi.it and/or info@eiptn.eu


EIPTN 13th Worldwide Annual Conference Program

Madrid, 22–23 October 2021

Dear Intellectual Property Academic,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 13th-anniversary conference of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN), to be held in Madrid on 22-23 October 2021.

The EIPTN Committee is proud to announce the Program of our face-to-face Conference in Madrid on 22- 23 October 2021.

 

A dense optional social program for Participants is also being prepared from 21 October evening until 24 October.

 

Despite the improvement of the Covid 19 pandemic situation, we are taking all possible measures aimed at avoiding risks for our Participants, in accordance with the Spanish Legislation. Of course, access to Conference premises is only granted to fully vaccinated persons or valid Covid-negative tested individuals. Strict social distancing will apply, including during networking activities.

 

All Speakers and other Intended Participants are invited to confirm their in-presence (or online) attendance by 10 October 2021 to info@eiptn.eu in order to permit the smooth running of our Activity.

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13th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2021 22- 23 October 2021 PROGRAM

DETAILED IN PRESENCE CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Venue: Carlos III University

Madrid City Center Campus 

Puerta de Toledo,  Madrid, Spain

 

 

!!! ALL HOURS INDICATED ARE THOSE OF THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME ZONE (CET = Madrid Time) !!!

For those Colleagues who cannot travel, we shall offer the possibility to participate online

 

DAY 1

Friday, 22 October 2021

 

09:15-09:45 Registration

 

09:45-10:00 Welcome and introduction

The Rector of Carlos III University of Madrid 

Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

Yolanda Bergel Sainz de Baranda, Professor of Law, Carlos III University of Madrid and Sara Martin Salamanca, Professor of Law, Vice-Rector for Research, Carlos III University of Madrid

 

10:00-11:15 Session 1  • Host Country’s Landscape 

IP Teaching in Europe and in the world: from Spanish Traditions to Spanish Innovations

Speaker: José Miguel Rodríguez Tapia, Profesor Catedratico, Universidad de Malaga

Discussant: Mª Mercedes Curto Polo, Profesora Titular de Derecho Mercantil. Especialidad en Derecho de la Propiedad Industrial e Intelectual. UNED, Madrid, 

Session Chair: Adoración Perez Troya, EIPTN Board Member, Profesora Titular de Derecho Mercantil, Universidad de Alcalà /Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

 

11:15-11:30 Coffee break

 

11:30-13:30 Session 2  • External Resources for IP Teaching in Universities

Session Chair: Session Chair: Nicolas Binctin, University of Poitiers, EIPTN Board Member

 

  • Supporting Academics for online and in presence activities: EPO’s Academy’s Experience, Giovanna Oddo, Programme Area Manager Academia, European Patent Academy, EPO
  • Supporting Academics for online and in presence activities: EUIPO’s Academy’s Experience, Javier Guillem, IP Specialist, EUIPO Academy

 

13:30-15:15 Networking Lunch

 

15:15-15:40 Session 2 cont’d

  • EPIP: an association of IP economics, law and policy researchers”. Catalina Martinez, EPIP President

 

15:40-17:15 Session 3 • Innovative overall approaches for IP Teaching, Session Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

  • From IP Master Programs with a Digital Law Module to Digital Law Programs with a prominent IP component, Manuel Desantes Real, Professor Catedratico, University of Alicante, Former Vice-President of the European Patent Office
  • Teaching intellectual property from the ethical and sustainability perspective, Helen Gubby, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
  • Including Decolonisation, Ethical and Sustainable IP education in an IP Management module’ – following a successful introduction of the topic in 2020/21, Ruth Soetendorp, Professor Emerita and Associate Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, Bournemouth University.

 

17:15-17:30 Coffee break

 

17:30-19:00 Session 4 • Innovative Tools for  IP Teaching in Universities, Session Chair: Alison Firth, EIPTN Board Member

 

  • The curious case of the academic in residence; embedding IP teaching into a unicorn company’s digital course platform. Joe Sekhon, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • The University beyond the Academia.  The use of open source technologies in the dissemination of Intellectual Property and their benefits for teaching, Hernán Núñez Rocha, Researcher, University of Alcala, Spain
  • Improving Learner Engagement online by the use of Virtual Reality film,  Caroline Coles, Aston University, Birmingham, UK 

 

20:30: Networking Dinner

 

DAY 2

Saturday, 23 October 2021

 

10:00-11:45 Session 5  • Researching and Publishing for Supporting Efficient IP Teaching

  1. The EIPTN Projects developed by EIPTN Working Groups (http://www.eiptn.eu/working-groups/): Publications Projects, Session Chair: Ulrika Wennersten, EIPTN Board Member 
  • IP and Fashion: EIPTN Teaching Booklets IP in relation to Arts, Fashion, Culture and Creative Industries, Ulrika Wennersten, Maria Mercedes Curto Polo; Gabriele Gagliani  
  • IP and Fundamental Rights EIPTN Teaching Booklets, Ulrika Wennersten; Laurent Manderieux; Gabriele Gagliani

 

     2. Supporting Research for promoting the IP culture at Universities, Session Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

Claudia Tapia, Chair, 4iP Council for Europe

 

11:45-12:00 Coffee break

 

12:00-13:30 Session 6  • External Partnerships and Resources for IP Teaching in Universities: EIPTN’s Cooperation with International Non-Governmental Organisations, Session Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

  • AIPPI and IP education: potential synergies and opportunities for cooperation, Shoichi Okuyama, First Vice-President, Executive Director, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • 4iP Council’s experience in supporting IP Teaching Axel Ferrazzini, 4iP Council EU Managing Director
  • The IP Tango Experience in IP Studying and Teaching. Patricia Covarrubia,  Reader in Law | Director of the LL.M. International and Commercial Law, University of Buckingham 

 

13:30-15:00 Networking Lunch, including keynote Speech

  • How European IP Teaching Is Perceived in Other Continents, Craig Nard,  Professor of IP Law, Director, Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

 

15:00-15:20 Session 6 cont’d

  • The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding and its relations with IP Studying and Teaching, Mickie Piatt, Co-Director IP Management & Markets Program, Illinois Institute of Technology; Deputy Director, Program in IP Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

 

15:20-16:30 Session 7  • Innovative Methods for  IP Teaching in Universities, Session Chair: Adoración Perez Troya EIPTN Board Member

 

  • Pedagogic methods used in teaching IP licensing to stimulate collaboration and students’ interaction in a post-covid world, Miglena Molhova, Rumyana Brestnichka, Fanny Koleva, Professors at the University of National and World Economy,  Industrial Business department, Sofia, Bulgaria 
  • Blended methodology: a solution or a new problem?  Maurizio Crupi, University of Alicante & Maastricht University 
  • New Program of “Biotechnological achievements as Intellectual Property” for Students Master Degree, Maria Markova, UNWE, Bulgaria

 

16:30-17:30 EIPTN 2021 Open Committee Meeting

 

– developments in the work of the EIPTN Working Groups

– the Way Forward for EIPTN

Session Moderators: EIPTN Committee members

 

Closing remarks

 

Laurent Manderieux, Chair EIPTN Committee

Fernando Bondia Roman, Professor of Law, Director of the Master in IP, Carlos III University of Madrid

and Yolanda Bergel Sainz de Baranda, Professor of Law, Carlos III University of Madrid

 

 


2021 Conference Draft Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

EIPTN 13th Worldwide Annual Conference

Madrid, 22–23 October 2021

Dear Intellectual Property Academic,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 13th-anniversary conference of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN), to be held in Madrid on 22-23 October 2021.

About EIPTN

EIPTN is multi-disciplinary in focus and aims to bring together intellectual property law (IP) teachers from across Europe to exchange ideas on best practices in IP teaching and learning activities.

In particular, EIPTN aims to raise awareness and disseminate information relating to:

  • innovation in the teaching of IP
  • problem-based teaching and learning
  • multi-disciplinary teaching and learning
  • promotion of  IP teaching through IP professionals (i.e. patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and technology transfer offices staff)

The European Patent Academy of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Academy of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) support the EIPTN Annual Conference since 2007.

Conference 2021:  resuming with face-to-face format

Our 2021 Annual Conference will be hosted (face-to-face format) by Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain, at its Madrid city center Puerta de Toledo Campus.

If the health situation in Europe requires so, these plans will be amended and switched to online/blended format as appropriate. 

13th Anniversary Theme – Excellence in Intellectual Property Teaching in the Post-Covid World. Academic and pedagogical research as a support to teaching.

In the IP teaching and research community in Europe, there is a reviving interest in improving IP teaching, a topic sometimes neglected in the past by academics under pressure to deliver research results. Furthermore the area of IP pedagogical research is becoming more widely recognized. As a result, both academic research and pedagogical research are fueling quality in IP Teaching.

As anticipated at our 2020 Conference, teaching techniques are rapidly evolving, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exponentially accelerated existing trends of massive use of technological tools in teaching. Therefore, the central theme of the 13th Anniversary of our Network is Excellence in Intellectual Property Teaching in the Post-Covid World. Academic and pedagogical research as a support to teaching.

 

The Way Forward for EIPTN established at our online 2020 Annual Conference was fixed under two main directions:

 

1– EIPTN Working Groups (http://www.eiptn.eu/working-groups/) started embarking in developing initiatives and publications or group supported-publications and developed as many activities as possible.

 

2- Among the initiatives developed before the 2021 Session, there are initiatives that permitted to develop publications for EIPTN, or EIPTN-supported publications.

Our Conference will give space to these initiatives, and report on them and our Call for Abstracts is also connected to them.

 

Focus of our Call for Abstracts

The IP Teaching Agenda is profoundly re-shaped by the emergence of online/distant/remote teaching. This evolution, much and suddenly accelerated by the pandemic, raises considerable questions in the IP teaching community, and considerable interest. At the same time, a year and half after the irruption of the pandemic, it is understood that quality publications supporting new / evolving forms of IP Teaching and with cutting-edge approaches on emerging IP topics are contributing to the success of IP Teaching, both face-to-face and online. Hence, this year our Call for Abstracts focuses on:

  • a- recent publications by IP academics, either on pedagogic methods or, on substantive IP issues that effectively contribute to enhancing quality and/or new channels in IP Teaching;
  • b-how to best perform online/distant/remote teaching and exams;
  • c-legal Issues on IP teaching, including teachers’ rights on their courses and teachers’ rights and duties in general, recording of classes, freedom of speech of IP teachers, students’ exams, students’ rights, university codes of rights;
  • d-university and community spirit in distance activities: the image of the teacher versus the image of his institution in an online world;
  • e-distance summer programs.

 

Abstracts selection priorities

Since our last Annual Conference, and in particular over spring and summer 2020, a large amount of webinars and events have already taken place in the EU, in the UK, and elsewhere in the world. These events have covered item (b) above (how to best perform online/distant/remote teaching and exams) above, including with the support of EIPTN. By October 2021, it is likely that much presentations will already exist on this item.

Abstracts selection would therefore focus first on topics:

  • a- recent publications by IP academics, either on pedagogic methods or, on substantive IP issues that effectively contribute to enhancing quality and/or new channels in IP Teaching;
  • c-legal Issues on IP teaching, including teachers’ rights on their courses and teachers’ rights and duties in general, recording of classes, freedom of speech of IP teachers, students’ exams, students’ rights, University codes of rights;
  • d-university and community spirit in distance activities: the image of the teacher versus the image of his institution in an online world;
  • e-distance summer programs.

 

Given the informal nature of the conference, we do not expect selected speakers to prepare a full paper to present at the conference.  Instead, we are issuing this call for proposals asking participants to give 20-minute presentations (plus Q&A) on issues relating to IP teaching experiences.  We would encourage you to provide feedback from the students or evidence of any impact on teaching outcomes due to the issues discussed.  Examples of presentations given at the Annual Conferences in previous years can be found on the EIPTN website at www.eiptn.eu.

Please note that, as per traditional practice at our Annual Conferences, the EPO and EUIPO will also be invited to hold a ‘best practice’ session devoted to illustrating and discussing the IP teaching materials they have developed, in particular online publications and tools that facilitate the work of Academics. Also, the EIPTN Thematic Working Groups will present the status of their activities since our last Conference.

 

How to get involved in the 2021 EIPTN Annual Conference  

The working language of the Annual Conference is English.

If you would like to participate in the EIPTN 13th Anniversary Conference 2021 by giving a short presentation on one of the above items, please send the title of your proposed presentation and a 500-word abstract to:  info@eiptn.eu.

The deadline to send abstracts is 7 September 2021. The EIPTN Committee will then select abstracts based on their innovative character and potential contribution to the teaching of IP.

Under its traditionally dynamic orientations, EIPTN wishes to enlarge and extend its membership basis. To this end, contributions are encouraged not only from European IP teachers but also from young IP researchers and from public organizations engaged in IP teaching activities. In this respect, non-EIPTN members are welcome. One or more special sessions will be dedicated to their presentations.

 

Financial Support for presenters of Selected Abstracts

Presenters of Selected Abstracts will receive financial support for travel to /from Madrid and accommodation there for a maximum of Euro €425, upon presentation of expenses documentation. Only one presenter per selected abstract is eligible for such support.

 

Other Conference Delegates

We welcome delegates who are IP teachers and IP professionals (e.g. patent and trademark attorneys, technology transfer offices staff, scientific researchers) to attend EIPTN 2020 without giving a presentation: they will get full access to our debates.

 

2021 EIPTN Annual Conference Programme

Notification of the programme of the annual Conference and further details about how to register for the event if you are not a speaker will be sent once all abstracts are selected.  We confirm that the “formal” Annual Conference will take place on 22-23 October 2021, with a special session on the morning of 16 October for young Researchers/Academics.

 

Social programme and Support to Participants

The Organizing Committee will resume with the tradition of its face-to-face Conferences, and subject to Health restrictions, intends to organize a full social Programme and Study Activities throughout the Conference. It is also negotiating currently special conditions with a Madrid city center hotel for accommodation of presenters of selected abstracts and other participants.

 

Publication of Conference Papers

Details on possible publication opportunities will be given once abstracts are selected and depending on the quality of both abstracts and presentations.

 

Grow our EIPTN network!

If you know of any IP teacher or young IP researcher involved in teaching activities who would like to become a member of our network, please do not hesitate to pass on this message. We look forward to receiving your abstracts by 7 September 2021 and hope to see many of you at the Annual Conference on 22-23 October 2021.

 

Best wishes,

The EIPTN Organizing Committee

 


Summary Report by the Chair, EIPTN on the 2020 Online Annual Conference

 

An online 2020 Conference for a very complex year 2020

Originally, our 2020 Annual Conference was to be hosted by Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain, in June 2020. Due to the health situation in Europe, these plans had to be cancelled in March 2020, even before the Call was published (announcement on this on our website www.eiptn.eu/announcements/).

Therefore, the EIPTN Organizing Committee decided that our 2020 Annual Conference would take place 100% online, on 23 and 24 October 2020.

Yet, Carlos III University kindly confirmed that they would host our next face to face Annual Conference, in 2021.

 

12th Anniversary Theme – Intellectual Property Teaching in the Post-Covid World

In the IP teaching and research community in Europe, there is a reviving interest in improving IP teaching, a topic sometimes neglected in the past by academics under pressure to deliver research results. Furthermore the area of IP pedagogical research is becoming more widely recognized.

As anticipated at our 2018 Conference, teaching techniques are rapidly evolving, and the COVID19 pandemic has exponentially accelerated existing trends of massive use of technological tools in teaching. Therefore, the central theme of the 12th Anniversary of our Network was Intellectual Property Teaching in the Post-Covid World.  

 

A Call for Abstracts focused on issues connected to remote teaching

The IP Teaching Agenda is profoundly re-shaped by the emergence of online/distant/remote teaching. This evolution, much and suddenly accelerated by the pandemic, raises considerable questions in the IP teaching community, and considerable interest. Hence, this year our Call for Abstracts focused on:

  • a-how to best perform online/distant/remote teaching and exams: indeed, many colleagues need help and support to better identify best practices, suitable platforms, new methods for class exercises and participation, etc.;
  • b-legal Issues on IP teaching, including teachers’ rights on their courses and teachers’ rights and duties in general, recording of classes, freedom of speech of IP teachers, students’ exams, students’ rights, University codes of rights;
  • c-university and community spirit in distance activities: the image of the teacher versus the image of his institution in an online world;
  • d-distance summer programs.

 

Abstracts selection priorities

Since our last Annual Conference, and in particular over spring and summer 2020, a large amount of webinars and events had already taken place in the EU, in the UK, and elsewhere in the world. These events had covered item (a) above (how to best perform online/distant/remote teaching and exams) above, including with the support of EIPTN. By October 2020, it was likely that much presentations would already exist on this item.

Abstracts selection therefore focused first on topics

– (b) legal Issues on IP teaching, including teachers’ rights on their courses and teachers’ rights and duties in general, recording of classes, freedom of speech of IP teachers, students’ exams, students’ rights, University codes of rights

and

– (c) university and community spirit in distance activities: the image of the teacher versus the image of his institution in an online world

that are still largely uncovered,

together with a thematic approach on item (d) (distance summer programs) and innovative scenarios for item (a).

Given the informal nature of the conference, we did not request selected speakers to prepare a full paper to present at the conference. Instead, participants were given a 20-minute presentations (plus Q&A) slot on issues relating to IP teaching experiences, including feedback from the students or evidence of any impact on teaching outcomes due to the issues discussed.

Under its traditionally dynamic orientations, EIPTN wished to enlarge and extend its membership basis. To this end, contributions were encouraged not only from European IP teachers but also from young IP researchers and from public organizations engaged in IP teaching activities. In this respect, non-EIPTN members were welcome.

As per traditional practice at our Annual Conferences, the EPO and EUIPO were also invited to hold a ‘best practice’ session devoted to illustrating and discussing the IP teaching materials they have developed, in particular online tools that facilitate the work of Academics. Two NGOs active in supporting IP Teaching were also invited at our 2020 Online Conference to present their activities, namely 4iP Council Europe and AIPPI.

The Program adopted for the EIPTN 2020 Annual Conference was made fully available online: http://www.eiptn.eu/previous-events/online-conference-2020/ :

 

Achievements of the 2020 EIPTN Online Annual Conference 

The EIPTN 12th Annual Conference took place online on 23-24 October 2020, in accordance with the above approach, and was hosted online by Carlos III University of Madrid, the University that was initially due to host our 2020 in presence Event, and will host our 2021 in presence Annual Conference. Senior Academics from Carlos III University of Madrid dedicated much time to the Event throughout. Altogether 120 participants attended the Event, including non-speakers young Academics.
The Online Conference fully reached these the abstracts’ selection objectives, along the following lines:

 

–    Legal Issues on IP teaching, including teachers’ rights on their courses and teachers’ rights and duties in general, recording of classes, freedom of speech of IP teachers, students’ exams, students’ rights, University codes of rights;

–   How to best perform online/distant/remote teaching and exams: indeed, many colleagues need help and support to better identify best practices, suitable platforms, new methods for class exercises and participation, etc.;

–   Distance summer programs

–   University and community spirit in distance activities: the image of the IP teacher versus the image of his institution in an online world;

–   External support to Universities for IP

–   External perception of European IP Teaching

 

The 2020 Conference Program, a Summary of presentations made during the Conference as well as all available Powerpoint presentations are available at http://www.eiptn.eu/previous-events/online-conference-2020/