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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.itand/or info@eiptn.eu


 

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/