06 février 2019 : Conférence du Professeur Sapna Kumar, sur le thème "Advancing Nationalism Through Patent Rights" dans le cycle "(Re)penser la propriété intellectuelle"


Dans le cadre du cycle de conférences « (Re)penser la propriété intellectuelle, questions fondamentales et nouveaux éclairages », le CEIPI a le plaisir d’accueillir, le mercredi 6 février 2019 à 18h00 à Strasbourg, Bâtiment l’Escarpe, 11 rue du Maréchal Juin, Amphithéâtre 23, Prof. Sapna Kumar, Professeur à l’Université de Houston, co-directeur à l’institut de la propriété intellectuelle et droit de l’information (IPIL), Etats-Unis, et chercheur invité au CEIPI.

Son intervention portera sur le thème « Advancing Nationalism Through Patent Rights ». Les débats seront animés par le Prof. Christophe Geiger, Directeur général du CEIPI.

Brief CV:

Sapna Kumar is a Law Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center and is a co-director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law. She teaches and writes in the areas of patent law, administrative law, and international intellectual property. Professor Kumar is a 2018-2019 recipient of the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grant, awarded for the project "Promoting Innovation Through Patent Unification: A Transatlantic Comparison." For this grant, she will spend Spring 2019 researching at the University of Strasbourg's Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.


In the past few years, a global wave of nationalism has arrived. World leaders have sought to elevate the interests of their respective countries above all others, promising to take control against foreign influences that are blamed for decline. Shifts in national identity have brought about economic policies that reinforce strong sovereignty and nativism.  Although much has been written on the changing landscape of national identity and nationalism, little attention has been paid on how this impacts patent law. This presentation explores how governments use patents as a tool for promoting a nationalistic agenda. It will examine how countries can alter domestic patent rights and use international trade to reinforce national identity. Using the United States as an example, the presentation will discuss how a country’s approach to patent protection can change based on evolving nationalistic views.