13 February 2021

Category: ANNOUNCEMENT MADE upon request from EIPTN Members.

Call for abstracts

Conference «Are We Owned? A Multidisciplinary and Comparative Conversation on Intellectual Property in the Algorithmic Society» University of Stirling, Friday 8th October 2021

Intellectual Property (IP) plays a crucial role in allowing uses of new technologies that are detrimental to society and preventing beneficial uses. IP is everywhere and lends itself to monopolise virtually anything. We may think we own ’our’ phone, but it factually belongs to the holders of the copyright on the code running on it, the manufacturers owning its design and the patents on how it works, as well as trademarks on logos, on the way you swipe, etc. What happens when it is no longer just computers and phones to be embedded with software and other IP-protected digital content? In an Internet-of-Things world, these proprietary smart objects are everywhere: in our bedroom, in our bathroom, in our body. Our behaviour becomes heavily restricted by those Terms of Service, Privacy Policies, End-User License Agreements, etc. that cover every aspect of the things we thought we owned. We have become digital tenants, not owning or controlling any object and data around us. To the point that, one can argue, that we no longer own: we are owned (Mulligan 2015; Fairfield 2017).

This in-person conference is generously funded by the Modern Law Review, accordingly there will be no registration fee and the Review has the right of first refusal for papers presented at the conference. Confirmed speakers include Professor Christina Mulligan (Vice Dean of Brooklyn Law School), Professor Marco Ricolfi (Co-Director of the Nexa Center for Internet & Society, University of Turin), Associate Professor Dr Matthew David (Department of Sociology, Durham University), and Amy Thomas (Research Associate at CREATe / University of Glasgow).

We welcome 300-word abstracts on any topic related to IP in the algorithmic society, including:

• Can AI create art and other copyright materials? Is there anything else beyond the copyright-public domain binary? Is Brexit an opportunity to abandon the “author’s own intellectual creation” originality standard?

• One of the fundamental principles in IP law is that software “as such” cannot be patented. If every physical object becomes embedded with software, would this mean that every software becomes patentable?

• A combination of IP rights, contracts, and technological protection measures is allowing companies to ‘own’ our data. Is this justified? How can we counter ‘data dispossession’? Is antitrust the solution?

• Under the General Data Protection Regulation, data subjects do not have a right to access their personal data if this adversely affects third parties’ IP rights. How will this provision play out in practice?

• Can a strategy centred on the ‘commons’ and on openness be the solution to the problems of IP in the algorithmic society?

Postcolonial, queer, feminist, posthuman, and critical perspectives are particularly welcome. In order to ensure diversity of speakers, three “widening access” bursaries are available to cover for travel and accommodation costs of colleagues from underrepresented groups (BAME), from remote communities, early career academics (including PhD students), and other colleagues from disadvantaged groups (e.g. precarious workers).

Please, do specify in your submission whether you qualify for a bursary.

Deadline for the abstracts: Monday 1st March 2021 Date of the conference: Friday 8th October 2021

Venue: Stirling Court Hotel

Abstracts can be sent to Associate Professor Guido Noto La Diega:

05 July 2020

Category: ANNOUNCEMENT MADE upon request from EIPTN Members.

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


28 March 2020


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

EIPTN ANNUAL CONFERENCE in Madrid planned for June 2020 postponed to ONLINE in October 2020


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