13th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2021

22- 23 October 2021 PROGRAM


Venue: Carlos III University

Madrid City Center Campus 

Puerta de Toledo,  Madrid, Spain


The 13th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2021 took place, as per Program below, on 22- 23 October 2021 at Carlos III University Madrid City Center Campus, Madrid, Spain, and gathered, in presence and online, IP Academics from the entire European Continent, as well as from North America and Japan. Also, as a result of its dynamic outcome, new Members joined the EIPTN Working Groups, and two Working Groups are preparing actively Publications that will be available online on our website. At the end of the Conference, Prof. Yolanda Bergel Sainz de Baranda, Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain, was elected as 7th Member of our EIPTN Committee.


Conference Program.


Friday, 22 October 2021


09:15-09:45 Registration


09:45-10:00 Welcome and introduction

The Rector of Carlos III University of Madrid 

Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

Yolanda Bergel Sainz de Baranda, Professor of Law, Carlos III University of Madrid and Sara Martin Salamanca, Professor of Law, Vice-Rector for Research, Carlos III University of Madrid


10:00-11:15 Session 1  • Host Country’s Landscape 

IP Teaching in Europe and in the world: from Spanish Traditions to Spanish Innovations

Speaker: José Miguel Rodríguez Tapia, Profesor Catedratico, Universidad de Malaga

Discussant: Mª Mercedes Curto Polo, Profesora Titular de Derecho Mercantil. Especialidad en Derecho de la Propiedad Industrial e Intelectual. UNED, Madrid, 

Session Chair: Adoración Perez Troya, EIPTN Board Member, Profesora Titular de Derecho Mercantil, Universidad de Alcalà /Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


11:15-11:30 Coffee break


11:30-13:30 Session 2  • External Resources for IP Teaching in Universities

Session Chair: Session Chair: Nicolas Binctin, University of Poitiers, EIPTN Board Member


  • Supporting Academics for online and in presence activities: EPO’s Academy’s Experience, Giovanna Oddo, Programme Area Manager Academia, European Patent Academy, EPO
  • Supporting Academics for online and in presence activities: EUIPO’s Academy’s Experience, Javier Guillem, IP Specialist, EUIPO Academy


13:30-15:15 Networking Lunch


15:15-15:40 Session 2 cont’d

  • EPIP: an association of IP economics, law and policy researchers”. Catalina Martinez, EPIP President


15:40-17:15 Session 3 • Innovative overall approaches for IP Teaching, Session Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

  • From IP Master Programs with a Digital Law Module to Digital Law Programs with a prominent IP component, Manuel Desantes Real, Professor Catedratico, University of Alicante, Former Vice-President of the European Patent Office
  • Teaching intellectual property from the ethical and sustainability perspective, Helen Gubby, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
  • Including Decolonisation, Ethical and Sustainable IP education in an IP Management module’ – following a successful introduction of the topic in 2020/21, Ruth Soetendorp, Professor Emerita and Associate Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, Bournemouth University.


17:15-17:30 Coffee break


17:30-19:00 Session 4 • Innovative Tools for  IP Teaching in Universities, Session Chair: Alison Firth, EIPTN Board Member


  • The curious case of the academic in residence; embedding IP teaching into a unicorn company’s digital course platform. Joe Sekhon, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • The University beyond the Academia.  The use of open source technologies in the dissemination of Intellectual Property and their benefits for teaching, Hernán Núñez Rocha, Researcher, University of Alcala, Spain
  • Improving Learner Engagement online by the use of Virtual Reality film,  Caroline Coles, Aston University, Birmingham, UK 


20:30: Networking Dinner



Saturday, 23 October 2021


10:00-11:45 Session 5  • Researching and Publishing for Supporting Efficient IP Teaching

  1. The EIPTN Projects developed by EIPTN Working Groups ( Publications Projects, Session Chair: Ulrika Wennersten, EIPTN Board Member 
  • IP and Fashion: EIPTN Teaching Booklets IP in relation to Arts, Fashion, Culture and Creative Industries, Ulrika Wennersten, Maria Mercedes Curto Polo; Gabriele Gagliani  
  • IP and Fundamental Rights EIPTN Teaching Booklets, Ulrika Wennersten; Laurent Manderieux; Gabriele Gagliani


     2. Supporting Research for promoting the IP culture at Universities, Session Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

Claudia Tapia, Chair, 4iP Council for Europe


11:45-12:00 Coffee break


12:00-13:30 Session 6  • External Partnerships and Resources for IP Teaching in Universities: EIPTN’s Cooperation with International Non-Governmental Organisations, Session Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

  • AIPPI and IP education: potential synergies and opportunities for cooperation, Shoichi Okuyama, First Vice-President, Executive Director, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • 4iP Council’s experience in supporting IP Teaching Axel Ferrazzini, 4iP Council EU Managing Director
  • The IP Tango Experience in IP Studying and Teaching. Patricia Covarrubia,  Reader in Law | Director of the LL.M. International and Commercial Law, University of Buckingham 


13:30-15:00 Networking Lunch, including keynote Speech

  • How European IP Teaching Is Perceived in Other Continents, Craig Nard,  Professor of IP Law, Director, Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA


15:00-15:20 Session 6 cont’d

  • The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding and its relations with IP Studying and Teaching, Mickie Piatt, Co-Director IP Management & Markets Program, Illinois Institute of Technology; Deputy Director, Program in IP Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law


15:20-16:30 Session 7  • Innovative Methods for  IP Teaching in Universities, Session Chair: Adoración Perez Troya EIPTN Board Member


  • Pedagogic methods used in teaching IP licensing to stimulate collaboration and students’ interaction in a post-covid world, Miglena Molhova, Rumyana Brestnichka, Fanny Koleva, Professors at the University of National and World Economy,  Industrial Business department, Sofia, Bulgaria 
  • Blended methodology: a solution or a new problem?  Maurizio Crupi, University of Alicante & Maastricht University 
  • New Program of “Biotechnological achievements as Intellectual Property” for Students Master Degree, Maria Markova, UNWE, Bulgaria


16:30-17:30 EIPTN 2021 Open Committee Meeting


– developments in the work of the EIPTN Working Groups

– the Way Forward for EIPTN

Session Moderators: EIPTN Committee members


Closing remarks


Laurent Manderieux, Chair EIPTN Committee

Fernando Bondia Roman, Professor of Law, Director of the Master in IP, Carlos III University of Madrid

and Yolanda Bergel Sainz de Baranda, Professor of Law, Carlos III University of Madrid