14th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2022, Athens 

 21- 22 October 2022 



The 14th Anniversary EIPTN Conference 2022 took place, as per Program below, on 21- 22 October 2022 at Harokopio University, Athens, Greece, and gathered, in presence and online, IP Academics from the entire European Continent, as well as from North America. Also, as a result of its dynamic outcome, new Members joined the EIPTN Working Groups, two new Working Group were proposed, and two Working Groups are preparing actively Publications that will be available online on our website. At the end of the Conference, Prof. Georgios Papanikolaou, Harokopio University, was elected as Member of our EIPTN Committee.



Venue: Harokopio University 

Athens City Center Campus  

Athens, Greece 


Friday, 21 October 2022

09:15-09:45 Registration


09:45-10:00 Welcome and introduction

Mara Nikolaidou, Rector of Harokopio University of Athens 

Laurent Manderieux, Chair, EIPTN

George Papanikolaou, Harokopio University of Athens 

and Dimosthenis Panagiotakos, Harokopio University of Athens 



10:00-11:30 Session 1  • Host Country’s Landscape: Tackling IP and Promoting Innovation in a Pluri-Directional Approach, Session Chair: EIPTN Board Member

  • IP teaching: state of the play and perspectives. Speaker: Konstantinos Christodoulou, Professor of Civil Law at Law School at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 
  • Raising awareness about copyright protection in primary education. The Greek Copyright School Speaker: Maria-Daphne Papadopoulou, Acting Director of Hellenic Copyright Organization, Head of the Legal Department, Post Doc Researcher, Ionian University  
  • License Clearance Tool: A holistic tool that facilitates open research sharing and open innovation. Speakers: Marianna Katrakazi, Panagiota Koltsida, Eleni Toli, Prodromos Tsiavos ATHENA Research and Innovation Center Abstract  

11:30-11:45 Coffee break


11:45-13:30 Session 2  • External Resources for IP Teaching in Universities

Session Chair: Session Chair: 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, David Gutiérrez Garcia, E-Learning Specialist, EUIPO Academy


13:30-15:15 Networking Lunch


15:15- 17:15 Session 3 • Innovative Overall Approaches for IP Teaching, Session Chair: EIPTN Board Member 

  • Back to the future; the return of the toolkit in teaching IP to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Speaker: Joe Sekhon, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, University of Portsmouth
  • Adding the IP professional voice. Speaker: Ruth Soetendorp, Visiting Academic, City University of London, Visiting Professor of the University of the Arts London 2019-202, Professor Emerita, Bournemouth University, UK, Associate Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management 
  • Multi-disciplinary teaching Trademark descriptiveness Through IP and marketing Professionals. Speaker: Rumyana Brestnichka, Professor at the University of National and World Economy,  Industrial Business department, Sofia, Bulgaria 

17:15-17:30 Coffee break

17:30-18:15 Session 4 • Researching and Publishing for Supporting Efficient IP Teaching, Session Chair: EIPTN Board Member

  1. Projects developed by EIPTN Working Groups ( Publications Projects, Session Chair: Ulrika Wennersten, EIPTN Board Member 
  • IP and Fashion: EIPTN Prestation on the book: Intellectual Property and Fashion:  a textbook, Editors: Ulrika Wennersten, Senior Lecturer, Lund University, Laurent Manderieux, Bocconi University, and Reader Patricia Covarrubia, Birmingham University, UK


20:30: Networking Dinner



Saturday, 22 October 2022

Session 5  • Researching and Publishing for Supporting Efficient IP Teaching


  1. Projects developed by EIPTN Working Groups ( Publications Projects cont’d  Session Chair: Ulrika Wennersten, EIPTN Board Member 
  • IP and Fundamental Rights EIPTN Teaching Booklets, Ulrika Wennersten; Laurent Manderieux
  • IP and Online Teaching, Laurent Manderieux
  • The EIPTN Comparative Approaches in IP Teaching Working Group, Hernán Núñez Rocha, Researcher, University of Alcala, Spain


12:00-12:30 Coffee break



  1. Supporting Research for promoting the IP culture at Universities, Session Chair: EIPTN Board member 
  • The experience of 4iP Council in Supporting Research for promoting the IP culture at Universities.  Speaker: Dr. Claudia Tapia, Chair, 4iP Council for Europe 
  1. EIPTN-supported External Publications 
  • The IP and Standards Booklet: Dr. Claudia Tapia, 4iP Council for Europe
  • Teaching Intellectual Property Law: Strategy and Management, Editors Sabine Jacques, Associate Professor  in IP/IT/Media Law at University of East Anglia, and Ruth Soetendorp, Emeritous Professor at Bournemouth University 



13:30-15:15 Networking Lunch, including Keynote Speech at 15:00

  • 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


15:15-15:45 Session 6 . Beyond University Teaching, the Next Step: Innovative Methods and Tools for Promoting Technology Transfer, Session Chair: EIPTN Board Member 

  • Integrating lean startup tools in the technology transfer process: the ‘Develop+Protect+Commercialize’ model. Speakers: Antonios D. Livieratos, Department of Business Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and Yiannis Dimitrakopoulos, Archimedes – Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens  

15:45-16:45 Session 6  • IP Teaching in an Open World, Session Chair:  EIPTN Board Member 

  • Embedding the principles of Education for Sustainable Development and the UNSDG in our IP teaching and learning. Speaker: Caroline Coles, Aston University, UK

16:45-17:45 EIPTN 2022 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

George Papanikolaou, Harokopio University of Athens 

and Dimosthenis Panagiotakos, Harokopio University of Athens


18:30: Visit to Stegi Onassis Foundation Gener8ion followed by Conference Closing Dinner





Call for Abstracts

EIPTN 14th Worldwide Annual Conference

Athens, 21–22 October 2022

Dear Intellectual Property Academic,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 14th-anniversary conference of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN), to be held in Athens on 21-22 October 2022 under the Auspices of the Harokopio University.


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 2022:  again this year with face-to-face format

Our 2022 Annual Conference will be hosted (face-to-face format) at the beautiful premises of Harokopio University, and under the auspices of this University, at its Athens city center campus, close to the Acropolis area.

If the health situation in Europe requires so, these plans will be amended and switched to online/blended format as appropriate.

14th Anniversary Theme – Excellence in Intellectual Property Teaching – Academic and pedagogical research as a support to teaching: IP ethics and open 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, ethical questions connected to IP and issues connected to open IP are gaining in importance. Therefore, the central theme of the 14th Anniversary of our Network is Excellence in Intellectual Property – Academic and pedagogical research as a support to teaching: IP ethics and open IP at the heart of Academics’ work.

Also, 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.

Accordingly, our Conference will also 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-promoting ethics/ bioethics versus classical IP rules in IP teaching and connected research, and promoting /discussing open innovation and open IP in general in IP teaching and connected research;
  • 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 the years 2020 and 2021, 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 2022, 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- promoting ethics/ bioethics versus classical IP rules in IP teaching and connected research, and promoting /discussing open innovation and open IP in general in IP teaching and connected research;
  • 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 2022 EIPTN Annual Conference  

The working language of the Annual Conference is English.

If you would like to participate in the EIPTN 14th Anniversary Conference 2022 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 7 September 2022. 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 Athens and accommodation there for a maximum of Euro €450, 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 2022 without giving a presentation: they will get full access to our debates.

2022 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 21-22 October 2022, with a special session on the morning of 22 October for young Researchers/Academics.

Social programme and Support to Participants

The Organizing Committee has 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 Conference. It will propose a list of city center accommodations conveniently located for 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 7 September 2022 and hope to see many of you at the Annual Conference on 21-22 October 2022.

Best wishes,

The EIPTN Organizing Committee