15th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2023 

 06- 07 October 2023 



Copenhagen Business School

City Center Campus 

Solbjerg Plads 3

2000 Frederiksberg – Copenhagen

Report on the 15th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2023

Copenhagen Business School[1]

6-7 October 2023

Day 1, Friday 6 October 2023

Laurent Manderieux, Chair of EIPTN, Søren Hvidkær, Dean of Research, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and Vishv Priya Kohli, Copenhagen Business School, opened the 15th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2023 and gave the audience a warm welcome. During the welcome words, the importance of sustainability and diversity for IP was highlighted. It was remarked that this year the EIPTN Committee had received an overwhelming number of abstract proposals, and thus accepted more of them than in the past: consequently, there were more presentations and participants in comparison with previous editions.

Morning sessions: Sustainability in IP

The first Session was chaired by Ulrika Wennersten, Lund University, EIPTN Committee, who pointed out the necessity for IP to adapt to current times characterized by rapid changes.

Giulia Priora, NOVA School of Law, Lisbon, explained an initiative that was launched at NOVA School that combines IP and sustainability so as to provide students with courses, weekly talks (IPSI talks) and a legal clinic that combines the two afore mentioned disciplines. She mentioned that the initiative had a great outcome as it integrates students and researchers coming from different backgrounds.

Peter Gottschalk, Lund University, provided conclusions and experiences from the master’s course in intellectual property law and sustainability offered at Lund University. Formalities and the approach applied in the master’s course were detailed, as well as the methods to include sustainability within the course. Issues found during the development of the master’s course were also shared with the audience.

Rubén Cano Pérez, Bocconi University, Milan, reflected on substantive IP issues on sustainability and intellectual property, in particular on barriers to integrate sustainability into IP such as time constraints while running a course and traditional IP teaching approaches. Still, mechanisms could be used to overtake them for promoting the link between IP and sustainability in order to make students reflect on these issues.

Janice Denoncourt, Nottingham Law School, was unable last minute to attend the conference. Nevertheless, the audience could access her presentation on “Educating company directors about corporate monopoly IPRs in a sustainability context” that was posted on a display Board.

Lisa Pinamonti, University of Poitiers, reviewed the international and UN legal basis of sustainable development and the contribution that IP could make to it. One of the main issues and dangers that could exist while encompassing sustainability and IP rights could be greenwashing.

The second Session was chaired by Adoración Pérez Troya, University of Alcalá, EIPTN Committee, who reminded the audience that sustainability is one of the pillars of the European Union as it is reflected in art. 3.3 of the Treaty of the EU.

Laurent Manderieux, Bocconi University, Milan, Chair of EIPTN, showed a practical approach on IP and sustainability and presented the WIPO tools that can be used at an academic level, particularly the WIPO Green platform and the Green technology book from WIPO. He highlighted the practical use of this tool that could be used in law courses as in non-legal courses. The relationship between the United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and IP neutrality was also explained. As regards the principle on IP neutrality, the green patent prosecution highways that were created in some countries were mentioned as an interesting innovative tool.

Vicente Gimeno, University of Alicante, shared his experience in teaching sustainability and IP issues in Gastronomy Studies. He highlighted the importance of introducing sustainability in order to make students aware of it. He also showed the practical activities that were made during the course, such as on-site visits.

Luc Desaunettes-Barbero, Université Catholique de Louvain, provided a reflection on developing critical thinking of students in relation to the development of a responsive IP framework. The division on the traditional systems of law (repressive law, autonomous law and responsive law) was explained. One of the main ideas exposed was to move from an autonomous IP law to a responsive IP law system, supporting this idea on the challenges that IP law will face thanks to innovation.

Fanny Koleva, University of National and World Economy, explained the initiative that recently developed in Bulgaria for students, establishing a compulsory course on ethics and IP in the first year of their higher education degree. The approach of the course is to make it as broad and basic as possible, as students belong to different academic sciences. It was highlighted that, the initiative being new, it is still early to provide a report on its results.

Afternoon Session: Diversity in IP

The first afternoon session “Diversity in IP” kicked off with the opening speech of Yolanda Bergel Sainz de Baranda, Carlos III University of Madrid, EIPTN Committee, who provided an insightful prospective on the relationship between IP and diversity: not only IP can help diversity, but also diversity can improve IP.

Vishv Priya Kohli, Department of Business Humanities and Law, CBS, showcased how three scholars came together to offer a multidisciplinary course for IP students who want to engage as leaders in creative industries. The goal of the course was to provide students with training as consultants so than they can learn by doing and having a taste of how the real-world works.

Maria Jose Schmidt-Kessen, Legal Studies Department, Central European University, Vienna, Stina Teilmann-Lock, CBS, and Florence Villesèche, CBS, Denmark, presented their project focusing on the development of a pedagogical method for teaching IP that sheds light on ethical and social issues. The speakers developed this idea in using the Minecraft videogame in which participants are introduced to work with 3D models of some artworks and cultural heritage artifacts. The IP learners are asked to act like creators and, thus, to reflect on the different roles (lawyer, creator, or consumers) and different copyright issues that arise from the practical cases.

Patricia Covarrubia, University of Buckingham, talked to the audience on her goal to create inclusive types of assessments to help students with specific learning difficulty (SpLD) in studying IP. She showcased three types of assessment (blog, infographic, and group work) that she had assigned to students, the marking criteria that had been used to evaluate the works and successful results obtained. Thanks to these assessments, all students were able to fairly demonstrate their skills and knowledge gained.

Haris Hasić, Faculty of Law, University of Travnik,  shared with the audience that he had noticed a certain hostility towards IP since it is often perceived by students in his country as a barrier to knowledge acquisition and progress. Therefore, the challenge he faced was to create in the students mind a stakeholder mentality through an inclusive approach. To achieve such goal, IP learners were asked to contact local businesses and identify services or products that could benefit from IP protection. Working closely with local businesses allowed the students to see how IP can be a useful tool to benefit their society.

Right at the heart of the conference, Axel Ferrazzini, General Manager, 4iP Council for Europe, gave a special keynote speech on “Supporting Research for promoting the IP culture at Universities: The experience of 4iP Council in Supporting Research for promoting the IP culture at Universities”. He talked about the different activities 4ip Council is involved in and emphasized how education about the benefits of IP throughout Europe is at the heart of his Organization. 4ip Council aims at planting the seed for using IP protection all around Europe and it does so by offering a wide variety of free, high-quality material. The greatest goals of 4ip are to promote the work of academics and facilitate a better understanding of IP related issues.

The second part of the afternoon session was chaired by Nicolas Binctin, Poitiers University, EIPTN Committee, who noted that the topics covered in the afternoon session could be related to the morning session ones since they address social aspects linked to the study of IP.

Karin Annerbäck, Skissernas Museum, Museum of Artistic Processes and Public Art, Lund university), and Ulrika Wennersten, Lund University and EIPTN Committee, presented the result of the collaboration between Skissernas Museum, the Faculty of Law and the School of Economics and Management of Lund University. The museum boasts a large collection of preliminary works which have been used to develop a pedagogical method called object-based learning (OBL). The collaboration aims at using art to convey the teaching of IP, and the OBL method was implemented through a case-based format where artistic creations offers food for thoughts for investigating potential IP law issues.

Roberto Caso, Faculty of Law, University of Trento, reflected on the importance of teaching using a case-based method and focused on the recent controversy about the so-called pseudo-copyright raised from some Italian judicial cases. The pseudo-copyright shows the trend of the Italian State to claim exclusivity upon works that belong in fact to humanity and upon which there should not be any copyright. The speaker explained that this tendency is worrisome since it puts the public domain at risk.

Joe Sekhon, University of Portsmouth, presented the University of Portsmouth, a young University, as a starting point to demonstrate how diversity could, and has been embedded in its High-level Strategy for Research and Innovation and in the IP and Commercialization Growth Plan: in particular, this project involves diversity in relation to how IP knowledge to non-IP academics is conveyed.

Murtaza Mohiqi, Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science, Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies, University of South Eastern Norway, Drammen, drew the attention on the current problems that Afghan girls under Taliban rule face in online education. The presentation pointed out that there can be critical intersections between equitable access to online education and intellectual property such as licensing agreement and limited access to copyrighted content. To overcome these obstacles, he showed the importance of fostering open educational resources

Day 2, Saturday 7 October 2023

Morning Session: Technology and IP Law

Manuel Desantes Real, University of Alicante, discussed his experience in developing Bartolo, the first virtual assistant for teaching legal matters. The primary goal is to enhance student retention rates by identifying knowledge gaps, assisting them in formulating questions, and addressing their doubts in a dynamic and participatory manner. The project encountered numerous challenges, including acquiring data, prompts, user intents, and key entities (keywords). Currently in its third year, the project has approximately 450 students interacting with Bartolo every week. While there has been tangible progress in the technology’s ability to provide accurate answers, it will only be made available to the public after further refinements.

Sylwia Majkowska-Szulc, University of Gdansk, presented an innovative technique for evaluating law students. The project is driven by the changing landscape of work models with new digital tools. The evaluation now focuses on the students’ ability to solve legal problems rather than memorize information. In the fourth and fifth years, students choose a specialized field, and the evaluation over these two years centers on short argumentative texts, culminating in a master’s thesis written in six weeks. The defense involves an oral examination in their specific field, with each question answered in about five minutes, followed by a discussion with the examining committee.

Aurelija Lukoseviciene and Ana Nordberg, Lund University Faculty of Law, presented the “Lund University Digital Interactive Concert Hall=LUDICH” project. This multidisciplinary initiative aims to develop an interactive concert and event streaming platform by integrating virtual reality and social tools. The project also envisions using similar approaches to create collaborative educational environments, particularly in the field of intellectual property law, allowing students to work together horizontally.

Helen Gubby, Rotterdam School of Management, shared her experience on engaging students in IP as an aspect of business operations through a master elective based on the CleanTech Challenge, a global business plan competition of innovative clean technology ideas. The university formed multidisciplinary teams that included both business and technical students, leading to some initial frustrations but ultimately teaching students valuable lessons about real-world projects. One of the main take-outs of the project is that students’ interest in IP grew notably when it concerned practical applications of their own inventions.

Regrettably, Maria Markova, Head of the Department of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, UNWE, was unable to participate, but the audience could access her presentation on “digital competitiveness and intellectual property” that was posted on a display Board.

Kostas Christodoulou, Law School, Kapodistrian University of Athens, presented his reflections on extended collective licensing. He explored how these licensing mechanisms could make IP rights more sustainable while still acknowledging the economic, political, and legal challenges they may pose, such as: managing royalties, the control exercised solely by collective associations, and the burden of opting out being considered as an additional formality, contradicting Art. 5 Berne Convention

To conclude the morning session, Giovanna Oddo, Program Area Manager, Academia, European Patent Academy (EPO)), shared insights into the EPO’s efforts to support academics in online and in-person activities. The project’s objective is to build a sustainable future for IP education by promoting innovation and technology. Notably, it emphasizes the use of case studies, allowing students to earn up to 60 ECTS credits and receive a certificate. She highlighted that the next step for the project is to engage in more systematic cooperation with universities, and also presented the EPO offer within global effort of EUIPO and the EPO to support academics in Europa

Afternoon Session: Challenges in the New Copyright Environment

Darius Whelan, University College, Cork, delivered a presentation on Creative Commons licenses for startups. Creative Commons licenses offer startups a number of benefits, including avoiding legal uncertainty, reducing production costs, increasing access to innovation, promoting sustainability, and leveraging first-mover advantage. Universities can play a role in supporting startups by providing student-centered law clinics and information about Creative Commons licenses. Examples of Creative Commons licenses in use include the icon platform and the free design furniture platform Whelan emphasized the importance of providing students with information for informed decisions and engaging in discussions to enhance their comprehension of Creative Commons licenses.

Galatea Kapellakou, Aegean University, made a presentation about Intellectual Property in Computer Science. Integrating Copyright Law modules into Computer Science curricula is essential for educating students about their responsibilities in the digital age and promoting responsible innovation. In her presentation, she highlighted the relevance of IP law in the AI era, particularly in relation to ethical considerations and compliance with EU copyright regulations. She also explored the role of IP law in promoting sustainability and safeguarding innovation, while emphasizing the need to strike a balance between open science initiatives and IP rights. Kapellakou’s presentation generated important questions and discussion from the audience, emphasizing the need to teach IP law to non-lawyers and clarify these concepts for students to act appropriately. Additionally, concerns were raised about sharing patentable information and whether students are aware of the implications.

Yannis Georgopoulos, Athens Kapodistrian University, talked about the evolving landscape of 3D printing and its intricate relationship with intellectual property law, emphasizing the need for comprehensive global regulation in this transformative technology. Three key concepts were highlighted: authorship, private use exceptions, and originality. He explored the status of 3D printing files, such as CAD and STL files, and their implications for copyright. He discussed limitations and fair compensation, highlighting the 4% private copy levy in Greece for 3D scanners and printers. He used examples like Leonardo da Vinci’s 3D model of Sforza and a contemporary 3D model of a whale tail to illustrate the significance of originality and the expression of personality in artistic creations. During the Q&A session, participants raised thought-provoking inquiries, such as the nuances between the protection of 3D models created for visually impaired individuals and the originality of creations produced through 3D printing or specific programs. Georgopoulos explained that derivative works should not necessarily enjoy protection under IP rights and that craftsmanship should involve manual creation, with 3D printing serving as a tool. He emphasized that protection should extend to the execution of an idea rather than the idea itself.

Marta Gasparin and Enrico Maccio (PhD candidate, CBS, presented the challenges faced by craft ecosystems highlighting the multifaceted nature of craft and its role in preserving traditional skills amidst modernization. The HEPHESTUS project addresses concerns of craft makers in terms of intellectual property, specifically the protection of geographical denominations and historically significant areas. The role of trademarks in safeguarding traditional knowledge, the importance of government support for craft makers, and the paradox of how intangible cultural heritage manifests tangibly through craft creations were reviewed.

Unfortunately, P. Stoyanova, (Assistant Professor, UNWE), presenter for the “Digitalization of Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property” session, was unable to attend. However, was unable to participate, but the audience could access her presentation that was posted on a display Board.

Committee Meeting Highlights – 15th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2023


The Committee Meeting at the 15th Anniversary EIPTN Conference, chaired by Laurent Manderieux, commenced with a call for proposals for next year’s Conference from EIPTN Members, emphasizing the collaborative nature of the organization.


The Chair presented a reflection on the growth and achievements of EIPTN over the years. It was noted that the organization has seen an increase in the number of affiliates, with 600 in 2018 and 900 by 2023. The Chair recognized the active and less active working groups within EIPTN, with a focus on webinars, seminars, and other collaborative activities of active groups. Attendees were encouraged to contribute on a pro bono basis to support EIPTN’s initiatives. The main aim of EIPTN was reiterated, which is to bring together individuals from across Europe to exchange ideas on best practices in intellectual property teaching and learning activities. Working groups were presented as extensions of EIPTN’s activities, highlighting the organization’s commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation, under EIPTN Committee’s direct supervision.


The Committee made the decision to maintain the conference’s current structure without changes, ensuring continuity and familiarity for attendees.


In 2023, EIPTN provided subsidies for a publication in the UK, and support for booklets and editing, demonstrating its dedication to promoting and disseminating high-quality legal scholarship.


The meeting also highlighted EIPTN’s recognition as a WIPO accredited Observer, by the WIPO General Assembly in July 2023, granting access to WIPO materials and the potential to assist in acquiring documents. This recognition further solidifies EIPTN’s reputation and visibility in the field of intellectual property teaching.


The meeting also celebrated EIPTN’s ongoing cooperation with various IP organizations, such as EPIP, underscoring the positive aspects of these collaborations, including the exchange of knowledge and expertise.


Special thanks were extended to the local organizer, Copenhagen Business School, and Vishv Priya Kohli, the local host, was commended for her immense support. She was unanimously voted in as a committee member.


During the meeting, proposals from absent colleagues and presentations delivered online were discussed. The importance of teaching ethics, addressing plagiarism, and advocating for government action against academic plagiarism were key topics of discussion. The committee recognized the need to use the EIPTN website as a platform for European cooperation and announcements, as well as the importance of involving more young academics in conference activities.


The meeting recognized the contributions of young academics from various universities, including Amanda Costa Novaes from Nova University of Lisbon, Laura Di Nicola from the University of Trento, Ramil Gachayev from the University of Swansea, and Lucia Garcia Martin from the University of Alcala de Henares. This reflects EIPTN’s commitment to inclusivity and the development of the next generation of legal scholars.


Despite past achievements, EIPTN expressed a commitment to pursue new accomplishments, demonstrating its dedication to continuous improvement and innovation.

– Committee Member Alison Firth discussed plans for the next year, highlighting the traditional agenda and the importance of choosing a conference location that the organization has not visited before. During the discussion of the impact of the pandemic on meetings, the attendees emphasized the value of in-person gatherings for fostering meaningful networking and discussions. Recognizing the significance of these interactions, the intention moving forward was to prioritize in-person meetings, ensuring accessibility and continued engagement on an annual basis.

– Manuel Desantes Real shared his insights, acknowledging that his participation in past committee meetings had deepened his understanding of EIPTN’s concept and mission.

– Richard V. De Mulder advocated for teaching IP to lawyers and non-lawyers, emphasizing the fundamental value of a legal system. He proposed the creation of a working group or synergy within the group to explore this idea further. His idea was widely appreciated by the committee and other participants, and the Committee Member, Ulrika Wennersten, even offered to establish a stream or topic of the conference related to the connection of IP law with the legal system in general.

– Patricia Covarrubia highlighted global challenges that could be discussed on the website, which would undergo reformatting to allow for the placement of presentations and photos. Increased interactivity within the website was also anticipated.

– Helen Gubby emphasized the importance of attracting young academics and acknowledged the role of social media in EIPTN’s growth.

– Manuel Desantes suggested publishing presentations in booklets and distributing them globally, an idea that the committee considered, but related decisions can be made in the future.

– Ulrika Wennersten proposed opening podcasts on relevant subjects, with Vishv Priya Kohli sharing her positive experiences in this area.


The EIPTN session was formally closed by the EIPTN Chair, Laurent Manderieux, who thanked everybody in attendance. In his views the meeting reflected EIPTN’s commitment to growth, collaboration, and innovation as it looks forward to another year of impactful conferences and initiatives.

[1] This report was elaborated by Amanda Costa Novaes, Master’s student at Nova University of Lisbon; Laura Di Nicola, PhD Candidate at University of Trento; Lucía García Martín, PhD Candidate at University of Alcalá; and Ramil Gachayev, PhD Candidate at Swansea University and edited by Laurent Manderieux, Bocconi University, Chair, EIPTN.


Conference Program

Day 1 

Friday, 06 October 2023 

 Room number SP 112

09:15-09:45 Registration

09:45-10:00 Welcome and introduction

– Prof. Søren Hvidkær, Dean of Research, on behalf of

Copenhagen Business School Senior Management

– Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

– Vishv Priya Kohli, Copenhagen Business School

Morning Session


1-Sustainability in IP 


Chair: Ulrika Wennersten, EIPTN Committee

-Bringing together EU IP Law and sustainability 

Giulia Priora, Assistant Professor, NOVA School of Law, Lisbon, Director of NOVA IPSI Knowledge Centre, Portugal

– Experiences from a master ‘s course in intellectual property and sustainability

Peter Gottschalk, Senior lecturer, Department of Business Law, Lund University, Sweden

– Substantive IP issues on sustainability in intellectual property

Ruben Cano Perez, Academic Fellow, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy


Chair: Adoración Perez Troya, EIPTN Committee

– Introduction to sustainable development law in intellectual property

Lisa Pinamonti, Contractual Teacher, University of Poitiers, France

– Educating company directors about corporate monopoly IPRs in a sustainability context

Janice Denoncourt. Associate Professor of Law, Nottingham Law School, United Kingdom

– Introducing Green IP in our classes: using WIPO tools 

Laurent Manderieux, Professor of IP Law, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy


11:30 – 11:45: Coffee break

1-Sustainability in IP (cont’d)


Chair: George Papanikolaou, EIPTN Committee

– Teaching sustainability through Intellectual Property in Gastronomy studies

Vicente Gimeno, Assistant professor, Commercial Law department, Universoty of Alicante, Spain

– Developing the critical thinking of students: a prerequisite for the development of a responsive IP framework

Luc Desaunettes-Barbero, Post-doctoral Researcher – Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

– Teaching „Academic Ethics“ – Intellectual Property as an obligatory module for first year students

Fanny Koleva Industrial Business Department,

Industrial Business Department, University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Sofia, Bulgaria

Miglena Molhova-Vladova, Industrial Business Department, University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Sofia, Bulgaria


13:00 – 14:30: Lunch break


Afternoon Session


2- Diversity in IP

14:30 – 15:45

Chair: Yolanda Bergel Sainz de Baranda, EIPTN Committee

– Preparing for culturally diverse creative industries through intellectual property teaching – A multi – disciplinary approach 

Vishv Priya Kohli, Associate Professor, Department of Business Humanities and Law, Copenhagen Business School

– Teaching socially diverse Intellectual Property Law: a design-based intervention using minecraft s the classroom

Maria Jose Schmidt-Kessen, Assistant Professor, Legal Studies Department. Central European University, Vienna, Austria

Stina Teilmann-Lock, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Florence Villesèche, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

– Assessing diverse strengths

Patricia Covarrubia, Reader in Law, University of Buckingham, United Kingdom

– Inclusive societally and culturally sensitive and specific IP teaching as a means to alleviate underlying IP antipathy and creating an IP positive “stake-holder” outlook

Haris Hasić, Associate Professor and Vice Dean for Scientific Research and Development, University of Travnik Faculty of Law,  Bosnia and Herzegovina


15:45 – 16:30 Coffee break and special keynote speech on Supporting Research for promoting the IP culture at Universities: The experience of 4iP Council in Supporting Research for promoting the IP culture at Universities

Axel Ferrazzini, General Manager, 4iP Council for Europe


2- Diversity in IP (cont’d)

16:30 – 18:00

Chair, Nicolas Binctin, EIPTN Committee

– Understanding IP through art: Object based learning in intellectual property law

Karin Annerbäck, Museum Assistant, Skissernas Museum (Museum of Artistic Processes and Public Art), Lund university Ulrika Wennersten, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Lund university

– Cultural heritage images, pseudo-intellectual property and the end of public domain. Using comparative law to teach the interplay between IP and cultural heritage regulation 

Roberto Caso, Full Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Trento, and Giulia Dore, Assistant professor. Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento

– Great expectations: embedding diversity into the university of Portsmouth’s 2023-2030 High Level strategy for Research and innovation and its IP and Commercialization Growth Plan 

Joe Sekhon, Associate Head (Research and Innovation), Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property, University of Portsmouth

– Intellectual property and equitable access to online education for Afghan girls under Taliban rule 

Murtaza Mohiqi Assistant Professor. Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science. Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies, University of South Eastern Norway, Drammen, Norway

Marzie Moheqqi, Human Rights Defender, Afghan women education activist


Networking dinner for Speakers and EIPTN Committee




Saturday, 07 October 2023

Room number SPs 13 (VELUX Auditorium)


Morning Session


3- Technology and IP Law


Chair: Laurent Manderieux, EIPTN Committee

-The experience of Bartolo, a virtual assistant for teaching legal matters

Manuel Desantes Real, Full Professor, University of Alicante, former Vice-President of the EPO

– IP Teaching in the face of a Technological Tsunami

Sylwia Majkowska-Szulc, Professor of Law, University of Gdansk, Poland

– Using Collaborative interdisciplinary spaces for IP education

Aurelija Lukoseviciene, Post-doctoral researcher and Ana Nordberg, Associate Professor,  Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden

– Using the CleanTech challenge to teach sustainability and IP

Helen Gubby, Lecturer, Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands

– Digital competitiveness and intellectual property

Maria Markova, Head, Department of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, UNWE, Sofia, Bulgaria


4- Challenges in the New Copyright Environment

Chair: Alison Firth, EIPTN Committee

– Reflections on extended collective licensing 

Kostas Christodoulou, Professor and Vice-Dean of the Law School of University of Athens , Greece


11:45 – 12:00: Coffee break


12:00 – 13_00 Special Session:– Presentation of External Resources for IP Teaching in Universities

– Supporting Academics for online and in presence activities: EPO’s Academy’s Experience,

Giovanna, Oddo, Program Area Manager Academia, European Patent Academy, EPO

– Supporting Academics for online and in presence activities: EUIPO’s Academy’s Experience,

EUIPO Academy


13:00 – 14:30: Lunch break


Afternoon Session

14:30 – 16:00


4- Challenges in the New Copyright Environment (cont’d)

Chair: Alison Firth, EIPTN Committee

– Creative Commons Licenses for startups, Darius Whelan,  Lecturer in law, Director of the LLM in Intellectual Property and E Law, University College Cork, Ireland

– Copyright Law in Computer Sciences curricula

Galatea Kapellakou, Adjunct Professor, University of Aegean, Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering (ICSD), Greece

– 3D printing and fundamental principles of IP Law : the recent Greek legislation as a teaching example

Yannis Georgopoulos, PhD Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany and Lecturer, Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece

– Digitalization of Cultural Heritage and IP

P. Stoyanova, Assistant Professor,Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Department, UNWE, Sofia, Bulgaria

– Investigating challenges of craft ecosystems in Swedish, Danish and Italian crafts

Marta Gasparin, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Enrico Macció, PhD Candidate, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark


15:45 – 16:00 Coffee break


5- EIPTN 2023 Open Committee Meeting: the Way Forward for EIPTN

16:00 – 17:30


Closing remarks:

17:30 – 17:45

Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN and Vishv Priya Kohli, Copenhagen Business School 

Closing dinner for Speakers and EIPTN Committee


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:

  • 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 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 ( 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.


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

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.

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

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 , 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

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  15 June 2023 and hope to see many of you at the Annual Conference on 06-07 October 2023.

Best wishes,

The EIPTN Organizing Committee