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EIPTN 12th Worldwide Annual Conference

23-24 October 2020

Dear Intellectual Property Academic,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 12th anniversary conference of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN), to be held online on 23-24 October 2020.

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 2020:  online format

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

Therefore, the EIPTN Organizing Committee decided that our 2020 Annual Conference would take place 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 is Intellectual Property Teaching in the Post-Covid World.  

 

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. Hence, this year our Call for Abstracts focuses 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 have already taken place in the EU, in the UK, and elsewhere in the world. These events have 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 is likely that much presentations will already exist on this item.

Abstracts selection would therefore focus 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 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 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 2020 EIPTN Online Annual Conference  

The working language of the Annual Conference is English.

If you would like to participate in the EIPTN 12th Anniversary Conference 2020 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 2020. 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.

 

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 online debates.

 

2020 EIPTN Online 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 23-24 October 2020, with a special session on the morning of 24 October for young Researchers /Academics.

 

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 Monday, 7 September 2020 and hope to see many of you at the Annual Conference on 23-24 October.

 

Best wishes,

The EIPTN Organizing Committee

info@eiptn.eu

 

Prof. Laurent Manderieux

Bocconi University, Italy

Chair, EIPTN

Laurent.manderieux@unibocconi.it

Prof. Nicolas Binctin

University of Poitiers, France

nicolas.binctin@univ-poitiers.fr

 

Dr. Janice Denoncourt

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Janice.denoncourt@ntu.ac.uk

 

Prof. Alison Firth,

University of Surrey, UK

a.firth@surrey.ac.uk

Ms. Claire Howell

Aston University, UK

c.f.howell@aston.ac.uk

Prof. Adoracion Perez

University of Alcala, Madrid, Spain

adoracion.perez@uah.es

Dr. Ulrika Wennersten

University of Lund

Ulrika.wennersten@har.lu.se

 

 


 

Announcement: Online, on track: Designing IP teaching for online learning – 8 July 2020 17.00 – 21.00 BST

In preparation for Autumn when IP courses will be taught mostly online IPAN, the UK Intellectual Property Awareness Network, and CIPU, the US Center for Intellectual Property Understanding, invite you to an international Zoom workshop hosted by City University of London.

We will share good practice and practical tips in good time for the transition to online teaching. The programme will comprise a series of 15-minute presentations, with opportunity for Q&A, on three themes:

  • IP teaching and learning with large student groups
  • Vibrant Asynchronous/Synchronous IP teaching and learning
  • Online assignments and assessment, IP Clinics and IP Awareness

Event chair: Ruth Soetendorp Confirmed Speakers include:

Hayleigh Bosher, Lecturer in IP Law,

School of Law, Brunel University

Caroline Coles, Senior Lecturer in IP Law

Aston Law School

Janice Denoncourt, Senior Lecturer in IP Law (IPAN Board)

Nottingham Trent University

Laurent Manderieux, Professor in IP Law

Bocconi University, Law Department

Dinusha Mendis, Professor in IP Law

Centre for IP Policy & Management (CIPPM), Bournemouth University

Kathryn and Andrew Penaluna, Professors in Enterprise Education,

University of Wales Trinity St David

Mickie Piatt, Professor in IP Law (CIPU Board)

Chicago Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Joe Sekhon, Senior Lecturer in IP Law

Portsmouth University, IP Law Clinic, Knowledge Exchange Campus Creator

Ruth Soetendorp, Professor Emerita IP Management and Law (IPAN Board)

CIPPM, Bournemouth University, and City University of London

Ulrika Wennersten, Senior Lecturer in IP Law and Economics

School of Economics and Management, Lund University

Register to join the event via the following link:

Places are strictly limited to 100 participants. Joining instructions and full programme will be forwarded shortly before the Zoom workshop begins. The workshop will be recorded and made available to registrants.

Ruth, Mickie and Janice

 


 

Announcement: Consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic and Related Emergency

Dear EIPTN Members and Friends,

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and related emergency, the EIPTN annual meeting initially planned for 5 June 2020 in Madrid (Spain), is postponed to a later date yet to be defined.

The EIPTN Organizing Committee will post news on this website and send e-mails to EIPTN members with news and updates in due course.

We hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe!

The EIPTN Team

 


 

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

Dr. Janice Denoncourt

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Janice.denoncourt@ntu.ac.uk

 

 

Prof. Alison Firth,

University of Surrey, UK

a.firth@surrey.ac.uk

 

 

Prof. Adoracion Perez

University of Alcala, Madrid, Spain

adoracion.perez@uah.es

Ms. Claire Howell, Reader in Law

Aston University, UK

c.f.howell@aston.ac.uk

 

Dr. Ulrika Wennersten

University of Lund, Sweden

Ulrika.wennersten@har.lu.se

 

Prof. Nicolas Binctin

University of Poitiers, France

nicolas.binctin@univ-poitiers.fr

 

A Stronger EIPTN for Facing New European Challenges

Further to the very successful 11th Anniversary Conference at the University of Poitiers, the EIPTN Committee has strengthened networking activities for its expanding Membership base, permitting the development of exciting new projects in the near future. We’ve undertaken a number of important structural governance changes to respond more swiftly and effectively to new challenges. ‎

Report by the Chair, EIPTN on the 2018 Poitiers Event: objectives and achievements
– Description of the Poitiers Event: objectives and achievements
The EIPTN XIth Annual Conference took place in Poitiers, France, on 8-10 November 2018.
Prior to establishing the Program for the said conference, the Organizing Committee decided to establish the following three new and dynamic objectives for the EIPTN  Annual Meeting (all reflected in the Program, fully available fromhttp://www.eiptn.eu/poitiers-2018/conference-program/):
–      Priority throughout the Conference in IP Teaching with an interdisciplinary approach (lawyers, economists, business, science, etc)
–      Dynamic openness of EIPTN to younger IP academics, and special clusters for them throughout the Conference (these academics are more “fragile” and less prepared to IP teaching)
–      Adoption and immediate launch at the Poitiers Conference of an effective work program for EIPTN (which should NOT limit itself to an yearly annual conference) with possible substantive objectives and effective targets to be reached withinone year

The Poitiers Event fully reached these three objectives, yet without excluding traditional presentations made at the conference as this was the case in the past, along the following lines:
-Transdisciplinarity in IP Teaching including the Young Scholars’ Needs
-IP Teaching for Scientists and TTOs
-Exploiting Existing IP Digital Resources for Improving IP Teaching, in particular those of the EPO and EUIPO
-Promoting Incentives to Students in IP Teaching (including through quizzes, movies, students’ self-evaluation)
-The IP Teacher’s Development, including Young Academics’ Approach
-Thematic IP Teaching Debates
Janice Denoncourt, who remained co-Chair next to Laurent Manderieux as from December 2017 during the transition phase stepped down, in full collegiality and as planned, during the Poitiers Meeting, leaving Laurent Manderieux as sole Chair of EIPTN. Prof. Nicolas Binctin, host of the Poitiers Meeting, joined the Committee. Altogether 70 participants attended the Event, including non-speakers young Academics (mostly, but not exclusively from France) who came at their own expense and with no EIPTN reimbursement of travel expenses (reserved, as per standard practice, to speakers and chairs). Senior Poitiers University Academics (Dean /Vice Dean, Chair CECOJI) dedicated much time to the Event throughout.
The EPO and EUIPO were duly thanked on many occasions for their support to EIPTN, and their products duly presented on the first Conference day, showing large renewed interest.

Objectives for the future of EIPTN
The following substantive objectives were decided by the Committee, proposed by the Chair and approved by EIPTNparticipants:‎
–        Establishment of a pluri-lingual and thematic Inventory of IP Courses and Syllabuses in the European Continent, with open rights, and without open rights
–        Establishment of clusters and thematic working groups on IP Teaching (to report on their activity in our website, and in parallel sessions at the next Annual Meeting). The following clusters were defined, with a few names earmarked to promote them:
o        teaching IP for Business and Entrepreneurship
‎o        teaching IP and Technology
o        teaching IP and Science
o        teaching IP Strategies and Ethics
o        teaching IP and Fundamental Rights
o        teaching IP in Relation to Arts, Fashion, Culture and Creative Industries
–        Establishment of one page Cv / profiles’ section on the website, with fields of expertise, and availability to lecture abroad or at domestic level
–      Support upon request to Universities, in particular in the Eastern part of the European Continent, in developing IP Courses
–       Exploiting Existing IP Digital Resources for Improving IP Teaching, in particular those of EUIPO and the EPO
–       Establishment of a website Section dedicated to calls for paper (with disclaimers)
–       Preparation of a Policy Declaration for IP Teaching in Europe
–       Establishment of an Annual Prize for the best Presentation at the EIPTN Conference, with focus on Innovation in IP Teaching and on Young Teachers, possibly with the support of the EU /EUIPO
–       Issuance of Certificates of Membership, including Working Group Memberships
–       Preparation of the next Annual Conference that could be combined with another Conference that comprises a substantive agenda (e.g. On TTOs)‎
–       Re-design of the Regular Newsletter

Call for interest in thematic group activities
As per the above Report, with regard to objectives for the future of EIPTN, we agreed on
–        Establishment of clusters and thematic working groups on IP Teaching (to report on their activity in our website, and in parallel sessions at the next Annual Meeting). The following clusters were defined, with a few names earmarked to promote them:
o        teaching IP for Business and Entrepreneurship
‎o        teaching IP and Technology
o        teaching IP and Science
o        teaching IP Strategies and Ethics
o        teaching IP and Fundamental Rights
o        teaching IP in Relation to Arts, Fashion, Culture and Creative Industries

Contact us:

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