Second IP Researchers Europe conference (IPRE)
28-29 June 2019
Photo Credit: Irene Calboli
The School of Law of the University of Geneva (UNIGE), in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), organized the Second IP Researchers Europe Conference (IPRE) in Geneva on the 28-29 June 2019. The first day of IPRE took place at the headquarters of WIPO and the second day took place at the headquarters of WTO.
IPRE is an initiative, which aims at bringing together IP academics and researchers to present and discuss their papers and works-in-progress with academic colleagues, policy makers, and other stakeholders. IPRE has been conceived as an annual event that will take place in Geneva on an annual basis in order to benefit from the very privileged position that Geneva enjoys as an international forum for scholarly and policy debates about current and future IP law-related issues.
IPRE seeks to feature primarily European-focused or Europe-based IP research. However, the First and Second editions of IPRE saw presentations by researchers writing on topics dealing with IP law-related issues in European law, international law, and comparative law.
As for its First edition in 2018, the Second IPRE was linked to both the 2019 WIPO – WTO Colloquium for IP Teachers and the 2019 WIPO-UNIGE Intellectual Property Summer School. The objective of the interactions between the three programs is to foster the discussion and feedback between the respective participants and to highlight their joint presence in Geneva, the worldwide forum for a connected global IP community.
IPRE is also linked to a similar annual initiative in Asia, the IP & Innovation Researcher of Asia Conference (IPIRA).
To download the programme (click here)
To download the biographies of the Speakers, Chairs, and Organizers (click here)
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Prof. Jacques de Werra, School of Law, University of Geneva
Prof. Irene Calboli, School of Law, University of Geneva and Texas A&M University
Mr Sherif Saadallah, Executive Director, WIPO Academy, World Intellectual Property Organization
Mr. Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization
First IPRE Testimonials
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Dev Gangjee, Director, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, Associate Professor in Intellectual Property Law, Law Fellow, St Hilda’s College
The IPRE Conference was extremely well organised and memorably unique for three reasons. (1) It is designed to lay down the foundations for a research network of European scholars across all fields of IP, creating a new forum for collaboration and high-quality interaction amongst leading researchers. (2) It is anchored in Geneva, with the active support of WIPO and the WTO, which makes it the ideal venue for international and policy orientated research interventions. Director Generals of both institutions addressed the inaugural conference, which underlines this commitment. (3) The format encourages cutting edge research to be conveyed in a manner which is accessible – to those working in other fields of IP, to early career researchers and to colleagues from around the world. It is intellectually exciting and fast paced. I hope to be a regular attendee in the future.
Natalie Corthésy, Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica
IPRE 2018 in Geneva was a most welcome addition to the suite of IP academic activities hosted at WIPO with the collaboration of the WIPO Academy, WTO and the University of Geneva. It was a privilege to have been selected to present my research and I was grateful for the opportunity to do so just days before my PhD defense. It was an exhilarating unique experience that gave me a chance to share my work and receive feedback from the many leading international scholars who were gathered in one place to focus on cutting edge IP issues. The feedback I received certainly contributed to my success at the viva. I highly recommend it to academics at all levels of their career. I look forward to participating again in the future. Thank you IPRE organisers!
Justyna Ożegalska-Trybalska, Associate Professor, The Intellectual Property Law Chair of Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
IPRE 2018 Conference was an extraordinary chance to participate in initiative, which was not only a useful opportunity for exchanging research results and receiving valuable feedback from participants, but also was a perfect platform for academic discussion and building academic contacts. Personally, I really appreciate perfect organisation of the Conference by the University of Geneva, WIPO Academy, and World Trade Organization, as well as the great atmosphere and strong involvement and enthusiasm of the organisers. Being a part of the IPRE 2018 Conference was a very rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. I encourage researchers from Europe to apply for the 2019 edition!
Andrea Zappalaglio, Adjunct Lecturer, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre
The IPRE conference is certainly one of the most prestigious IP Law event in Europe. Held at WIPO, it gathers top IP specialists from all over the world. It is a unique occasion to hear ground breaking ideas from all the fields of IP, from patent law to copyright and beyond. As a speaker, I can state that the scientific environment was very inspiring, and the feedback received extremely useful and deep. I recommend this event to all IP experts: academics, policymakers and practitioners.
Raquel Xalabarder, Professor and Chair of Intellectual Property, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona
Great program and beautifully organized. An excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and work on IP topics with other older and junior researchers from all over the world. On top of that, the unbeatable venue of WIPO headquarters and the opportunity to listen to the always wise words of its Director General Mr. Francis Gurry, make it a rather unique academic event!
Henning Grosse Ruse – Khan, Reader in International and European Intellectual Property Law, King’s College,University of Cambridge
This has been a great event - driven by its diversity! An excellent start for an excellent initiative, and I am happy to have been able to be part of it!
Simon Geiregat, Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Ghent University
The 2018 IPRE seminar showed to be an unprecedented occasion to safely test preliminary findings of pre-doctoral and other IP research with experts and students from all over the globe, at an iconic location. It is particularly praiseworthy that the hosts opened their doors not only to renown scholars, but also to lots of junior researchers.
James M. Heller, Lecturer, Anglo-American University Law School and the State University of New York, Empire State College
Held at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, in Geneva Switzerland, the IPRE is rare, bringing together many Intellectual Property thought leaders from different geographic locations and from a variety of Intellectual Property sub-disciplines and cross-disciplines. I very much appreciated the balance of the speakers and attendees, from Director General Francis Gurry (WIPO) and Director-General Roberto Azevêdo (WTO) to professors, lecturers, PhD candidates and students. The IPRE managed to attract top researchers while maintaining an aura of inclusiveness.
Letizia Tomada, Ph.D. Candidate, EIPIN European Joint Doctorate, Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, University of Augsburg, University of Alicante
The participation at the IPRE Conference was a great opportunity to discuss my work-in-progress with IP experts in a truly international environment. My research will benefit from the interesting feedback I have received from attendees coming from different jurisdictions. The dialogue between early-stage and senior researchers was lively and very constructive. Therefore, I highly recommend IP scholars to apply and enjoy this enriching experience!
Maria Lillà Montagnani, Associate Professor, Director ASK, Bocconi University - School of Law
I'm grateful and honored to have been part of the first edition of IPRE in Geneva. It was an amazing opportunity for sound conversations on up-to-date IP issues with scholars from different jurisdictions, as well as policy makers and IP experts bringing their valuable insight on the law. Beside the scholarly value of the event and its international dimension, the atmosphere was particularly welcoming and encouraging. I particularly liked the comparative element that enabled a discussion beyond European IP law and embraced a more world-wide perspective.
Aurora Plomer, Professor of Intellectual Property & Human Rights, School of Law, University of Bristol
The meeting was a resounding success. It provided an unparalleled opportunity to hear and engage with world leading European and international IP scholars, junior researchers, WIPO and WTO policy makers and IP teachers from around the world reflecting on some of the most pressing global challenges posed by the IP system today.
Martin Senftleben, Professor of Intellectual Property, Centre for Law and Internet, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
It was an enormous privilege to contribute to the 2018 edition of IPRE. The event brought together a wide variety of speakers and participants at different stages of their career, with different professional backgrounds, and from different regions of the world. The fascinating discussion of cutting-edge research went far beyond European experiences and policy agendas. It integrated views and research approaches in a way that brought us close to a vision of truly international solutions for the problems under consideration.
Vinicius Bogéa Câmara, Professor at IP and Innovation Academy, National Institute of Industrial Property, Brazil
The 1st IP Researchers Europe Conference (IPRE) was one of those rare moments you feel really connected with fellows who share the same taste for taking IP study as a passion. It was an outstanding opportunity to exchange ideas with highly qualified researchers whose perspectives will certainly enrich my ongoing project. Besides, the idea of gathering 2018 WIPO – WTO Colloquium for IP Teachers and the 2018 WIPO-UNIGE Intellectual Property Summer School in the IPRE Conference resulted in a really stimulating experience for students and professors. Long life to IPRE!
Piyush Sharma, India, IP Consultant, Indian Patent Agent, Lawyer, Engineer
During the course of UNIGE summer school, I had the opportunity of attending the IPRE event at WIPO. IPRE has been one of the most fruitful events that I have witnessed in my academic and professional life. I have attended quite a lot of IPR conferences over the last 7 years but the eminent panels of the IPRE event stand apart. You rarely get to hear from such prolific scholars about their research work at once. Even though it was held over a duration of just 1 day, it still gave us a sense of direction in which the field of IPR is approaching on a global forum. The combination of the brilliant panels of scholars and wide range of audience representing different parts of the world is something that we cannot experience every day, and was very valuable. The event covered every aspect of IPR and that too with adequate details. Also, the event was organised in such an efficient manner that I could attend sessions of almost all the speakers that I had planned. I will be looking forward to such events in future as well. Congratulations and thank you to the entire team for allowing us the company of such amazing scholars!
Meera Dubey, Final year student of law and science, Gujarat National Law University, Gujarat, India
The working paper presentations were presented by individuals at the top of their fields. As a student, interested in patents, the presentations offered me new insights to the contemporary challenges. The conference helped me travel beyond the classroom, and gave a deeper insight into the real world. All the presentations were informative, focussed and rich in content. It was an enthralling experience
Oksana Popruga, Economic Policy Officer, Trade and Economic Section of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine
The IPRE conference is a proof how the important of IP. As it was noted, IP generates value globally, which is reflected in the growth in IP applications (for example patents grew six times the world growth rates). WIPO/WTO leaders opened and closed the event, and top IP academics presented their works-in-progress. The busy agenda covered hot topics such as international/bilateral protection, copyright enforcement in digital environment. Some of the papers presented emphasized whether IP enforcement is working at the bilateral level, or should it be back to the international and multilateral level. I look forward to further discussions within the same format to next year IPRE and many other years to come!
Pooyan Piredeir - I.R. Iran, Head, IP & Innovation Center in Technology Transfer Office of University of Guilan
A great event, packed with so much knowledge and great speakers, offering a unique balance between academic research and real cases. For anyone interested in IP, I would unhesitatingly recommend the IPRE conference. As an inventor working in technology transfer offices of middle east and CIS, It allowed me to talk to many different experts and professors face-to-face as well as establish a network. Also The presentations were of superb quality and captured the excitement of recent issues in this field.
Fabrizio Modica, Professor of Law, Catholic Univesity “Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion”, Paraguay
It was a very enriching experience to have participated in the IPRE as an IP Colloquium Teacher. The high level of exhibitions and the rich debate generated filled all my expectations. I look forward to the next edition!
Yong Wan, Professor, Law School, Renmin University of China
IPRE is a wonderful platform for IP scholars to present their work-in-progress, since it is jointly organized by the WIPO, the WTO and the UNIGE, which provides an excellent opportunity to communicate with the officials from the two important international organizations to know the latest developments in international IP treaties, and to discuss with other researchers across the world (from developing and developed countries) to conduct a comparative analysis.