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.


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 ( 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

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:

The deadline to send abstracts is 31 August 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 23 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 31 August 2021 and hope to see many of you at the Annual Conference on 22-23 October 2021.


Best wishes,

The EIPTN Organizing Committee


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