Call for Abstracts
EIPTN 15th Worldwide Annual Conference
Copenhagen (CBS), 06–07 October 2023
Sustainability and Diversity in Intellectual Property Teaching
Dear Intellectual Property Academic,
You are cordially invited to participate in the 15th-anniversary conference of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN), to be held in Copenhagen on 06-07 October 2023 under the Auspices of Copenhagen Business School (CBS).
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:
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 2023: again this year with face-to-face format
Our 2023 Annual Conference will be hosted (face-to-face format) at the beautiful premises of Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and under the auspices of this University, at its Copenhagen city center campus, close to major transport hubs.
If the health situation in Europe requires so, these plans will be amended and switched to online/blended format as appropriate.
15th Anniversary Theme – Sustainability and Diversity in Intellectual Property Teaching – Academic and pedagogical research as a support to teaching: Sustainability and Diversity in IP at the heart of Academics’ work.
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 2022 Conference, teaching techniques are rapidly evolving, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exponentially accelerated existing trends of massive use of technological tools in teaching. At the same time, questions connected to Sustainability and Diversity in IP, including issues connected to open IP are gaining in importance. Therefore, the central theme of the 15th Anniversary of our Network is – Sustainability and Diversity in Intellectual Property Teaching – Academic and pedagogical research as a support to teaching: Sustainability and Diversity in IP at the heart of Academics’ work.
Focus of our Call for Abstracts
As of the 2020 start of COVID19 pandemic, the IP Teaching Agenda was profoundly re-shaped by the emergence of online/distant/remote teaching. At the same time, social evolutions, connected or not connected to the irruption of the pandemic, progressively placed in the forefront of the IP Agenda the issue of Sustainability and Diversity in Intellectual Property, including in its teaching aspects (topics, programs, methods, etc). This evolution raises considerable interest and questions in the IP teaching community. Hence, this year our Call for Abstracts focuses on recent substantive publications, or teaching programs and pedagogic methods introduced by IP academics on:
- a- substantive IP issues in general on Sustainability and Diversity in Intellectual Property that effectively contribute to enhancing quality and/or new channels in IP Teaching;
- b- substantive IP issues that consider Climate Change and Promotion/Protection of Innovation and effectively contribute to enhancing quality and/or new channels in IP Teaching
- c- substantive IP issues that consider Cultural Diversity in Intellectual Property/thanks to Intellectual Property and effectively contribute to enhancing quality and/or new channels in IP Teaching
- d- substantive IP issues that consider Ethics in Intellectual Property and effectively contribute to enhancing quality and/or new channels in IP Teaching
- e- substantive IP issues that consider Social Diversity in Intellectual Property and effectively contribute to enhancing quality and/or new channels in IP Teaching
As a matter of indicative and non-exhaustive guidance to Abstract writers, issues such as sustainability in designs or in patented inventions, cultural diversity, ethics and /or social diversity needs in considering the flexibilities of the existing IP system, are embraced by the present Call for abstracts.
In addition, the Way Forward for EIPTN established since 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 since the 2021 Session, there are initiatives that permitted to develop publications for EIPTN, or EIPTN-supported publications.
Accordingly, our Conference will also give space to these initiatives, and report on them and our Call for Abstracts is also connected to them.
Abstracts selection priorities
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. In addition, the EIPTN Thematic Working Groups will present the status of their activities since our last Conference.
How to get involved in the 2023 EIPTN Annual Conference
The working language of the Annual Conference is English.
If you would like to participate in the EIPTN 15th Anniversary Conference 2023 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to send abstracts is 30 May 2023. 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 may be dedicated to their presentations.
Financial Support for presenters of Selected Abstracts
Presenters of Selected Abstracts will receive financial support for travel to /from Copenhagen and accommodation there for a maximum of Euro €500, upon presentation of expenses documentation. Only one presenter per selected abstract is eligible for such support.
Special Financial Support for Attending Young Academics
As of this year, 4 Young Academics interested in attending the Conference and preparing brief session reports may be eligible, upon selection, to receive financial support for travel to /from Copenhagen and accommodation there for a maximum of Euro €500, upon presentation of expenses documentation. Interested Young Academics are invited to send their CV to email@example.com , for review and selection.
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 2023 without giving a presentation: they will get full access to our debates and will only pay for social program activities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 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 06-07 October 2023.
Social programme and Support to Participants
The Organizing Committee has already resumed in 2021 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 2023 Conference. It will propose a list of Copenhagen city center accommodations conveniently located for presenters of selected abstracts and other participants, possibly with negotiated discounts.
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 30 May 2023 and hope to see many of you at the Annual Conference on 06-07 October 2023.
The EIPTN Organizing Committee