CEIPI's Newsletter n° 41 - December 06, 2018

HEADLINES

Publication of the book Intellectual Property and the Judiciary, edited by Christophe Geiger, Craig Nard and Xavier Seuba

CEIPI is very pleased to announce the publication of Intellectual Property and the Judiciary, a book edited by Christophe Geiger, Professor of Law, Director General and Director of the Research Department, Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg, Craig Allen Nard, Galen J. Roush Professor of Law and Director, Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Visiting Professor at the CEIPI, University of Strasbourg, and Xavier Seuba, Associate Professor of Law, Trainings Coordinator and Scientific Responsible, Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg. This book is the fourth volume in the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network Series (for previous volumes see www.eipin.org).

Intellectual Property and the Judiciary examines the role of the judiciary in the elaboration and interpretation of intellectual property law, exploring how intellectual property doctrine and policy are developed and the manner in which judges construct and apply norms in different court systems. The authors engage in a comparative study of various national, European and international judiciaries and appraise the competing and complementary roles of governing bodies.

Each chapter seeks to capture the comparative institutional advantages of government bodies within existing legal frameworks as well as offering a thorough examination of both the common law and civil law traditions in the context of judicial treatment of intellectual property. The result is a series of proposals relating to the architecture of judiciaries and the functional role of judges with the goal of optimally positioning jurists to address complex issues and advance intellectual property doctrine and policy.

Contributors

Christophe Geiger, Elena Izyumenko, Aurora Plomer, Jonathan Griffiths, Alain Strowel, Vincent Cassiers, Stefan Lugienbuehl, Teodora Kandeva, Jens Schovsbo, Clement Salung Petersen, Sam Granata, Xavier Seuba, Cees Mulder, Marcus O. Müller, Martin Ekvad, Gert Würtenberger, Stefan Martin, Alexander von Mühlendahl, Kathleen O’Malley, Barbara Lynn, Toshiko Takenaka, Craig Nard, Susy Frankel, Peter Yu and Daniel Gervais.

Critical appraisal by Judge Klaus Grabinski, Prof. Raquel Xalabarder, Louise van Greunen (WIPO), and Prof. Martin Senftleben, is available here.   

This book falls within the broader set of research, training and policy-related activities that CEIPI conducts in the area of enforcement. A presentation of the book made in the framework of the World Intellectual Property Organisation Advisory Committee on Enforcement is available at:

http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/enforcement/en/wipo_ace_13/wipo_ace_13_8.pdf 

To buy the book and more information available at:

https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/intellectual-property-and-the-judiciary

Ceremony in honor of Professor Yves Reboul, Paris, 17 October 2018

On 17 October 2018, the Alumni Association of the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (AACEIPI) and CEIPI had the privilege of organizing a ceremony in honor of Professor Yves Reboul, Emeritus Professor at the University of Strasbourg, who step down his position as Director of the French section of CEIPI on 01 September 2018.

The exceptional dedication of Professor Reboul at the head of the French section and all his efforts for the development of the center, for which he has worked unrest for more than 40 years, was recognized and praised by CEIPI’s academics and other personalities present at the ceremony, which brought him a moving tribute: Benoît Battistelli, President of the CEIPI Administrative Board and former President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of the Research Department of CEIPI, Yann Basire, Associate Professor and Director of the French Section of CEIPI, Céline Meyrueis, Associate Professor and Director of Studies at CEIPI and Jérôme Sujkowski, President of AACEIPI.

Yves Reboul, Christophe Geiger and Benoît Battistelli

CEIPI would like to warmly thank Professor Yves Reboul for all his enormous contribution to the development of the center!

New: Update Training Module on the Unified Patent Court, Strasbourg, April 2019

Next April 2019 will take place in Strasbourg, organized by CEIPI, a new training program exclusively devoted to the Unified Patent Court (UPC). The program is divided in two modules of two days each (5-6 and 26-27 April 2019) and will allow participants to go through the institutional aspects of the UPC, the rules of procedure and remedies available to the parties.

Speakers in the previous edition of this program include Alexander Ramsay, Margot Fröhlinger, Klaus Grabinski, Kevin Mooney, Sam Granata, Beate Schmidt, Pierre Véron, Laurence Brüning-Petit, Thierry Debled, Stefan Luginbuehl and Christophe Geiger.

The program is open to former participants of the Diploma on Patent Litigation in Europe, lawyers practicing in the area of intellectual property, and other intellectual property professionals with an interest in patent litigation and enforcement.

Click here for further information, as well as the registration documents.

For further information please contact Ms. Isabelle Mahoudeau for administrative questions/registration (imahoudeau@ceipi.edu) or Mr. Xavier Seuba for questions related to the academic content of the program (xavier.seuba@ceipi.edu).

PARTNERSHIPS

Renewal of the Cooperation agreement between CEIPI and Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), 27 November 2018, Strasbourg

The CEIPI and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) have been collaborating for several years. To provide a legal framework for this collaboration, the two institutions have expressed their willingness to strengthen their relationships and conclude, to this end, a cooperation agreement, which was signed on 1st October 2014.

This partnership has allowed the establishment of a sharing of experiences and knowledge related to research in intellectual property law, through the provision of mutual expertise, organizing common events, hosting trainees and the participation of the CPVO in the joint research project, EIPIN IS.

Established in 1995, the CPVO is the European body responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Community system of protection of plant varieties. Since 1997, CPVO headquarter is located in Angers (France).

The signature of the renewal of this cooperation took place on 27 November 2018, during a ceremony organized at CEIPI, in the presence of the President of the CPVO, Mr. Martin Ekvad, the Director General of CEIPI, Professor Christophe Geiger and members of CEIPI.

Martin Ekvad and Christophe Geiger during the signing ceremony

The ceremony was held following a conference on “Update of the case-law of the CJEU in the field of Community Plant Variety Rights” (see below).

Cooperation between the CEIPI and the Hanken School of Economics in the framework of the agreement with the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) University Center

Prof. Nari Lee (right) with Prof. Christophe Geiger, Director General of CEIPI

Early November 2018, Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of the Research Department of CEIPI visited the Hanken School of Economics, Finland, as ‘visiting international faculty’, in order to give several lectures in the framework of the cooperation agreement between the IPR University Center and the CEIPI, in the presence of Ms. Nari Lee, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Hanken School of Economics.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) University Center, with whom CEIPI signed a cooperation agreement on 26 September 2016, brings together six of the most prestigious universities in Finland, namely: University of Helsinki, Aalto University, University of Turku, Hanken School of Economics, University of Eastern Finland and the University of Lapland.

Visit by a delegation of high representatives from the International Center for Patent Registration of the United Arab Emirates

CEIPI was pleased to welcome on 05 November 2018, a delegation of high representatives of the International Center for Patent Registration of the United Arab Emirates. The delegation, accompanied by Mrs. Carole Bremeersch, Regional Counsellor for Intellectual Property Matters, Middle East INPI Expert, comprised Mr. Dr. Ali Ibrahim Al Hosani, Assistant Undersecretary for Intellectual Property, Mr. Khalfan Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Director of the International Center for Patent Registration and Mrs. Marwa Al Harmoodi, Industrial Property Expert.

Carole Bremeersch, Thibaud Lelong, Ali Ibrahim Al Hosani, Yann Basire, Khalfan Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Marwa Al Harmoodi and Ionela Asandulesei

The delegation was welcomed by Mr. Yann Basire, Associate Professor at CEIPI and Director of the French Section of CEIPI, Mr. Thibaud Lelong, Researcher at CEIPI and Ms. Ionela Asandulesei, Head of international relations at CEIPI. The delegation was particularly interested in the training provided by CEIPI, in order to train the officers of the Center.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Publication of the volume 3 of the CEIPI Working Paper Series on SSRN

Thanks to its archive in Open Access available under this link, the CEIPI is now quite clearly recognized in its action towards the green Open-Access distribution.

Edited by Christophe Geiger, Professor of Law, Director General and Director of the Research Department of the CEIPI, the volume 3 of our publications within the “Social Science Research Network” (SSRN) offers very new analysis in intellectual property law through the following articles:

For further information about our archive in Open-Access and its publications, please contact Ms. Caroline Ertz, Working Paper Coordinator: caroline.ertz@ceipi.edu.

Copyright reform in the EU: Opinion of the CEIPI on the European Commission’s Proposal to Facilitate the Access and Use of Out-of-Commerce Works

In order to contribute to the debate on the ongoing copyright reform at the EU level, CEIPI drafted an Opinion on the proposal to facilitate use of out-of-commerce works, as presented in the European Commission’s Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market of 14 September 2016. Other topics of the reform are reviewed in separate position papers.

The Opinion supports the proposal to facilitate access to the European cultural heritage and its digitisation through the establishment of extended collective licensing of rights for out-of-commerce works. This opinion endorses the extension of the notion of “out-of-commerce works” to works never intended for commercial use and the possibility to determine the out-of-commerce status of a collection of works as a whole. At the same time, it proposes some amendments regarding the scope of out-of-commerce search, the representative character of collective management organisations, the sufficiency of general publicity measures on the use of out-of-commerce works, and the application of the mechanism to third-country works.

CEIPI follows and comments the main developments in the area of intellectual property at national, European and international levels. Development of a balanced and efficient intellectual property system of the European Union is of great interest to the centre. This Opinion follows the previous CEIPI Opinion on the proposed introduction of neighbouring rights for press publishers, CEIPI Opinion on exceptions and limitations to copyright as well as a Study for the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament on the exception for text and data mining.

The CEIPI Opinion is available here.

Click here to access a table comparing the texts adopted by the European Commission, by the Council of the EU and by the European Parliament.

To access previous position papers click here.

Visiting program for foreign researchers within CEIPI Research Department

In order to foster exchanges, the CEIPI Research Department has opened a visiting program for foreign researchers. The hosted researchers have the possibility to interact with researchers from the center and to participate in multiple academic activities: conferences, seminars, panel discussions, etc.

The program is opened to researchers working in the field of intellectual property law, who benefit from a funding:

  • national government scholarships
  • Marie Curie fellowships
  • Fulbright fellowships
  • other scholarships
  • Financed sabbaticals from their home universities.

In the framework of this program, visiting researchers are invited to participate to the center's research environment (e.g. to teach in one of the CEIPI’s masters, to propose a seminar to present the research topic, to write articles jointly with the members of the Research Department or other activities…).

Two deadlines for applications:

  • 1st January 2019 (for research visits starting on 1st March)
  • 15th September 2019 (for research visits starting on 1st November).

For additional information: http://www.ceipi.edu/index.php?id=14525

- from 28 September 2018 to 30 August 2020, Ms. Yukari Hira, Lecturer, Kyoto University of Education, Japan, who enjoys a funding from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Her research project focuses on “Copyright and Freedom of Expression in Europe: European Court of Human Right’s new approach and paradigm shift of the Cour de Cassation in France”.

- from 24 October to 3 December 2018, Mr. Henry Biggs, Adjunct Professor, International Intellectual Property (Law School), Washington University in St Louis. His research project focuses on the topic “Intellectual Property and Human Rights, understanding motivators to creative production”.

- from 7 January to 9 February 2019, Ms. Sapna Kumar, Law Foundation Professor of Law George Butler Research Professor, Co-director, Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law, University of Houston, United States (Fulbright scholarship). Her research project focuses on the topic “Promoting Innovation Through Patent Unification: A Transatlantic Comparison”.

 

Thesis prize 2018 of the Research Federation “L’Europe en mutation” awarded to Ms. Franciska Schönherr for her thesis defended within CEIPI’s Research Department, 9 October 2018, Strasbourg

From left to right: Thomas Dreier, Professor at the University of Karlsruhe, Christophe Geiger, Professor a the University of Strasbourg, Director General of CEIPI, Franciska Schönherr, Dominique Ritleng, Professor a the University of Strasbourg, Centre d'études internationales et européennes (CEIE) – Faculty of Law, Jonathan Griffiths, Professor at the Queen Mary University, London and Valérie-Laure Benabou, Professor at the University of Aix Marseille.

Ms. Franciska Schönherr, PhD of CEIPI, received on 9 October 2018 the prize of the Research federation “Europe in transition” for her thesis defended on 2nd October 2017 within CEIPI’s Research Department “The construction of an EU Copyright Law: Towards a Balanced Institutional and Legal Framework”, written under the supervision of Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of the Research Department of CEIPI.

This thesis prize was created in 2012 in order to recognize the outstanding works of a PhD student whose thesis topic correspond to the European dimension of the Research Federation and to its main research areas. Four PhD candidates from CEIPI’s Research Department obtained the prize in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Second prize for Elena Izyumenko at ATRIP’s Early Career Workshop

Ms. Elena Izyumenko, Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant at the CEIPI, has won the second prize at ATRIP’s Early Career Workshop with the presentation of her joint with Prof Christophe Geiger research on the topic “European ‘Fair Use’ Grounded in Freedom of Expression”.

The workshop was part of the ATRIP 37th Annual Congress on fairness, morality and ordre public in intellectual property law and policy and was held in Helsinki on the 5th of August 2018. It required participants to present their research in 240 seconds.

For further information: http://atrip.org/2018-05-08-the-atrip-2018-congress-helsinki/

THESIS DEFENSES AT CEIPI

PhD Thesis defense by Thibaud Lelong « La monétisation des actifs immatériels dans l’économie de la connaissance : essai sur la titrisation », 23 November 2018

From left to right: Yves Reboul, Nicolas Binctin, Thibaud Lelong, Estelle Naudin, Thierry Bonneau and Guillaume Henry

On 23 November 2018, Mr. Thibaud Lelong defended his thesis on the topic “The monetization of intangible assets in the knowledge economy: an essay on securitization” written under the supervision of Mr. Yves Reboul, Emeritus Professor at the University of Strasbourg.

Members of the jury:

  • Mr. Nicolas Binctin, Professor at the University of Poitiers (rapporteur)
  • Mr. Thierry Bonneau, Professor at the University Panthéon-Assas (rapporteur)
  • Mrs. Estelle Naudin, Professor at the University of Strasbourg
  • Mr. Guillaume Henry, Lawyer specialized in Intellectual Property
  • Mr. Yves Reboul, Emeritus Professor at the University of Strasbourg (thesis supervisor).

PhD Thesis defense by Goce Naumovski “Relations Between Quality of Trademarks and Cognitive and Conative Variables of Consumers”, 19 September 2018, Strasbourg

From left to right: Gorazd Rossoklija, Caroline Le Goffic, Thomas Hatzigaios, Goce Naumovski, Yann Basire, Théo Hassler and Stefan Martin

On 19 September 2018, Mr. Goce Naumovski defended his thesis on the topic “Relations Between Quality of Trademarks and Cognitive and Conative Variables of Consumers”, written under supervision of Mr. Théo Hassler, Professor at CEIPI. Members of the jury:

  • Thomas Hatzigaios, Professor at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece (rapporteur)
  • Gorazd Rossoklija, Professor at Columbia University, New York, USA (rapporteur)
  • Yann Basire, Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg
  • Caroline Le Goffic, Associate Professor at the University Paris Descartes
  • Stefan Martin, Member of the Boards of Appeal of the EUIPO, Spain
  • Théo Hassler, Professor at CEIPI (thesis supervisor).

 

PhD Thesis defense by Natalia Kapyrina “The internationalization of design protection”, 14 September 2018, Strasbourg

From left to right: Pascal Kamina, Jerome Reichman, Christophe Geiger, Natalia Kapyrina, Anna Tischner and Mireille Buydens

On 14 September 2018, Ms. Natalia Kapyrina defended her thesis on the topic “The internationalization of design protection”, written under supervision of Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of the Research Department of CEIPI. Members of the jury:

  • Mireille Buydens, Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles (rapporteur)
  • Pascal Kamina, Professor at the University Franche-Comté, Centre de recherches juridiques (rapporteur)
  • Jerome Reichman, Professor of Law at Duke Law School, USA
  • Anna Tischner, Professor of Law at Jagiellonian University, Intellectual Property Law Chair, Faculty of Law and Administration, Krakow, Poland
  • Christophe Geiger, Professor at the University of Strasbourg, Director General and Director of the Research Department of CEIPI (thesis supervisor).

PAST CONFERENCES AT CEIPI

Conference by Martin Ekvad, President of the CPVO on the topic “The Community Plant Variety Rights in front of the Court of Justice of the European Union: an update of recent case-law”, 27 November 2018, Strasbourg

Christophe Geiger and Martin Ekvad

In the context of the lecture series “Institutional, political and social perspectives on intellectual property”, the CEIPI had the pleasure of welcoming on 27 November 2018, Mr. Martin Ekvad, President of the Community Plant Variety Office. The public lecture focused on the topic “Update of the case-law of the CJEU in the field of Community Plant Variety Rights”. The debate was moderated by Prof. Christophe Geiger, Director General of CEIPI. The conference was followed by the signature of a renewal of the collaboration agreement between CEIPI and the CPVO.

Click here for his biography and further information.

Conference “Fairness in Trade, Investment and IP”, 28-29 November 2018, Finland, organized by the Hanken School of Economics and IPR University Center, in partnership with CEIPI

The Hanken School of Economics, the University of Turku and the IPR University Center organized, in partnership with CEIPI, the conference “Fairness in Trade, Investment and IP”, that took place on 28-29 November 2018, in Helsinki, Finland. This conference was organized within the framework of the cooperation agreement between CEIPI and the IPR University Center, signed in 2016.

Click here for the program of the event.

For further information: https://ipruc.fi/en/training-event/

Conference-debate “The trade secret: legitimate business protection or danger to the right to information?”, 16 November 2018, Librairie Kléber, Strasbourg, moderated by Franck Macrez

In the framework of the series “Discussion around copyright”, organized by the CEIPI research department in partnership with the Kléber bookshop, the CEIPI had the pleasure to organize a new edition of the series, that took place on Friday 16 November 2018, at Librairie Kléber (salle Blanche), Strasbourg.

The topic of this edition was “The trade secret: legitimate business protection or danger to the right to information?”, with Mr. Bertrand Warusfel, Professor at the University Paris 8, Lawyer at the Paris Bar, co-author of “The protection of Trade Secrets, National and European Perspectives”, CEIPI collection, LexisNexis, 2017 and Mr. Pierre France, Journalist, founder and director of the publication Rue 89 Strasbourg.

This conference-debate was moderated by Mr. Franck Macrez, Associate Professor at CEIPI.

Click here to download the program. Click here for further information concerning the series “Discussion around copyright”.

Pierre France, Franck Macrez and Bertrand Warusfel

1st BETA Workshop with the support of BETA/CEIPI Chair in Law, Economics and Management of Intellectual Property Rights: “Beyond patents…: towards new data for innovation research in economics”, 19 October 2018, Strasbourg

On 19 October 2018, the BETA (Bureau Théorique d'Economie Appliquée) organized with the support of BETA/CEIPI Chair in Law, Economics and Management of Intellectual Property Rights, its first worshop oh the topic “Beyond patents…: towards new data for innovation research in economics”.

Mr. Christophe Geiger, Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Director General of the CEIPI, delivered a presentation on the topic “Rethinking exclusivity as a driver for innovation and creativity: The example of creative reuses of copyright protected works”.

Click here to download the program of this event.

Prof. Christophe Geiger during his presentation

Conference “Patent Law in France and in Europe”, 17 October 2018, Paris, co-organised by CEIPI

The Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg organized, in partnership with the Institute Stanislas de Boufflers and the Association of Alumni of CEIPI (AACEIPI), the conference “Patent Law in France and in Europe”, that took place on 17 October 2018, in Paris (Cabinet August & Debouzy), under the scientific supervision of Matthieu Dhenne and Lionel Vial, President and Vice President of the Institut Stanislas de Boufflers and Prof. Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of the CEIPI Research Department.

The participants to the conference

The purpose of this conference was to discuss the recent developments in patent law jurisprudence that raise many questions about the courts' understanding of the subject. The ratification by France of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court also aims to renew the perspective for patent litigators. These new questions were therefore opportunities to benefit from the clarification brought by specialists in the field and to debate.

For more information: http://www.institutboufflers.org/

Click here to download the programme.

Book Launch and Presentation “Reconciling Copyright with Cumulative Creativity: the Third Paradigm”, by Giancarlo Frosio, 11 October 2018, Strasbourg

Christophe Geiger and Giancarlo Frosio during the research seminar

The CEIPI launched in May 2018 of a new series of publications entitled “CEIPI Studies in Intellectual Property” published by the prestigious publisher, Edward Elgar.

Under the scientific direction of Prof. Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of Research Department of CEIPI, the series aims to provide high-quality monographs and edited volumes connected to the work of the center, and dedicated to innovative research across the entire spectrum of themes in intellectual property law and policy.

The first volume of the series is the book of Giancarlo Frosio, Senior Researcher and Lecturer at CEIPI “Reconciling Copyright with Cumulative Creativity: The Third Paradigm”, published in May 2018.

The volume examines the long history of creativity, from cave art to digital remix, in order to demonstrate a consistent disparity between the traditional cumulative mechanics of creativity and modern copyright policies. This work will appeal to all of those interested in both the history and future of creativity and copyright.

In this context, a presentation of this new collection and of Giancarlo Frosio’s book was scheduled on 11 October 2018 during a research seminar that took place at CEIPI.

For further information, click here for an abstract of the book.

Click here to order the book.

Young Research Intellectual Property Day (JJRPI), organized by the IRPI in partnership with CEIPI, 10 October 2018, Paris

The Research Institute in Intellectual Property (IRPI) organized, in partnership with CEIPI, CECOJI-UP, CUERPI, the School of Law of Sciences Po and the School of Law and Management of Paris II, the Young Research Intellectual Property Day (JJRPI). The aim of this initiative is to create synergies between researchers in the field and, in particular, to increase the number of exchanges between PhD students and academics by promoting thesis work in a transversal and informal way.

This second edition of the JJRPI took place on 10 October 2018, at the Hotel de Massa in Paris.

During this day, the young researchers selected were invited to submit their questions, for a constructive debate, in front of a panel of academics from several French and foreign universities.

Click here for further information.

Conference “Intellectual Property and Pop Culture: New Challenges and strategic issues?”, 9 October 2018, Strasbourg

The Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg and the Association of Young Academics Specialized in Intellectual Property (les JUSPI) organized the conference “Intellectual Property and Pop Culture: New Challenges and strategic issues?”. The conference took place on 9 October 2018, in Strasbourg at the Palais Universitaire, Room Pasteur and was held under the scientific direction of Mr. Yann Basire, Associate Professor at CEIPI, Director of the French section of CEIPI.

This conference brought to the center of the debate a topic of study often neglected by the legal practitioners: the pop culture. Major issue of the current cultural economy, the pop culture questions the law and, more particularly, intellectual property. This event, which focused on three area of research, tried to shed light on the new challenges and strategic issues that intellectual property must face in this field.

Click here to download the program.

The speakers at the conference surrounded by CEIPI’s students from professional masters 2 who contributed to the organization of the event

Inaugural lecture for the academic year 2018-2019 by Prof. Jerome Reichman on the topic “Reframing Intellectual Property Rights with Fewer Distortions of the Trade Paradigm”, CEIPI, Strasbourg, 13 September 2018

CEIPI was pleased to welcome Prof. Jerome Reichman, Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law at Duke Law School, United States for a presentation on 13 September 2018, as part of the lecture series “(Re)Thinking Intellectual Property, Fundamental Questions and New Perspectives” as well as Guest of Honor of the Inaugural lecture for the academic year 2018-2019. His presentation focused on the topic “Reframing Intellectual Property Rights with Fewer Distortions of the Trade Paradigm”.

The debate was moderated by Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of Research Department of CEIPI.

Click here for an abstract of his presentation and a short bio.

TRAINING EDUCATION

CEIPI Scientific Board of the Judiciary, 08 November 2018, Strasbourg

Klaus Grabinski, Marie Courboulay, Sir Robin Jacob, Sylvie Mandel, Christophe Geiger, His Hon. Michael Fysh, Kevin Mooney and Xavier Seuba

On 08 November 2018 was held in Strasbourg the meeting of the CEIPI Scientific Board of the Judiciary. The CEIPI Scientific Board of the Judiciary is the advisory body of CEIPI activities concerning judicial adjudication and enforcement, composed of prominent judges, high representatives of European institutions and renowned professionals. In the meeting, past activities of CEIPI in the area of judicial training were assessed and substantive, pedagogical and strategic aspects of the forthcoming trainings and scientific activities were addressed.

Members of the Scientific Board

Rt. Hon. Prof. Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Laws, University College London (Chair of the Board); Ms. Sylvie Mandel, Conseillère Honoraire, Cour de Cassation; Ms. Marie Courboulay, Former Vice-president of the 3rd chamber, Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris; Dr. Klaus Grabinski, Judge of the Federal Court of Justice of Germany; His Hon. Michael Fysh QC SC, Former Senior Circuit Judge of the Patents County Court in England and Wales; Ms. Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director for the Unitary Patent, European and International Legal Affairs, European Patent Office, Mr. Kevin Mooney, Member of the Expert Group advising on the implementation of the UPC project, Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Rules of Procedure; Christophe Geiger, Professor of Law, Director General of CEIPI and Mr. Xavier Seuba, Associate Professor of Law, Academic Coordinator, CEIPI.

Second edition of CEIPI’s advanced training program on “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property”, 16-18 May 2019, Strasbourg

CEIPI is happy to announce the offering of a new edition of the Advanced Training Program on “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property” that will take place in Strasbourg from 16 to 18 May 2019.

Registration is opened!

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots have been the subject of science fiction for some time. That fictional future is now a present reality. The AI market is predicted to grow from $8billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020. Investment in AI increased more than 300 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. Intelligent machines, machine learning algorithms, sapient bots and neural networks have invaded our daily life. Humans will be increasingly called to interact with AI, especially in the digital environment. The regulation of AI’s activities is set to become a primary policy issue. Lawyers, entrepreneurs, or policy makers must fast learn about the key legal challenges that AI will bring about, if they want to play a role in a revolution that will occupy the policy debate for the next years to come and beyond.

In particular, AI’s disruptive effects on traditional business models will force a re-consideration of the Intellectual Property (IP) framework. Today, AI and algorithms write news and novels, generate artworks, write and perform music. Automated intelligence can drive innovation processes on its own initiative. AI challenges the most traditional IP legal notions, such as “copying”, “originality”, “creator”, “author”, or “inventiveness”. Can a robot be an author? Can a robot be an inventor? Can a robot co-author a work with human intelligence? Should AI’s inventions be considered prior art? Who owns the dataset from which an artificial intelligence must learn? Who should be liable for creativity and innovation generated by AI, if they impinge upon others’ rights or other legal provisions?

This training program will explore these thorny questions by dissecting legal, policy and ethical issues concerning AI impact on creativity and innovation. In this course, CEIPI will gather leading experts in the field to discuss these novel issues from a broader international perspective and make sense of inconsistent and inadequate national solutions. This training program should be of interest to creative economies and high-tech professionals and entrepreneurs, attorneys, policy makers, judges, and students.

Click on the image above to upload the program.

Registration documents:

- Agreement if you work abroad

- Student agreement if you are a student

- Convention de formation if you work in France and your company will pay for the training

- Contrat de formation if you work in France and you will pay for the training

For further information please contact Ms. Isabelle Mahoudeau for administrative questions/registration (imahoudeau@ceipi.edu) or Mr. Giancarlo Frosio for questions related to the academic content of the program (gcfrosio@ceipi.edu).

CEIPI/WIPO/INPI Advanced Training Course on Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Licensing, 11 to 21 June 2019, Strasbourg

The CEIPI/WIPO/INPI Advanced Training Course on Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Licensing will take place from 11 to 21 June 2019 in Strasbourg. This training course is jointly organized since 1978 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) and the French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). Like in the past edition, the present course touches upon the legal and economic aspects of technology transfer and licensing. 

The training is addressed to technology transfer professionals, including professionals working in university technology transfer offices, national and regional intellectual property offices and science and technology ministries. With an integrated and practical approach, the CEIPI/WIPO/INPI Advanced Training Course on Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Licensing will be also of the interest of lawyers and economists.

Participants benefit from the expertise of specialists from several international organizations, prestigious research institutes and universities, and renowned experts, while interacting with professionals coming from all over the world. The interest of the program for developed, emerging and developing economies makes it a unique forum to exchange experiences and share opportunities.

The 2019 program will be available soon on CEIPI’s website.

Click here to download the 2018 program.

Click below to download the registration forms:

Convention de formation professionnelle” if you work in France and the tuition fees will be borne by your employer.

Contrat de formation professionnelle” if you work in France and will pay the tuition fees yourself.

Agreement” if you work abroad.

 For further information, please contact Ms. Anne-Catherine Brunck for administrative questions/registration (brunck@ceipi.edu), or Xavier Seuba for questions related to the academic content of the program (xavier.seuba@ceipi.edu).

Second edition of CEIPI’s Advanced Training Program on “Internet Platforms, GDPR and Intellectual Property Enforcement”, 6-8 December 2018, Strasbourg

CEIPI is pleased to organize the second edition of the CEIPI advanced training program on “Internet Platforms, GDPR and Intellectual Property Enforcement”. The training program takes place in Strasbourg from 6 to 8 December 2018.

Content

This training program explore legal, policy and ethical issues facing online businesses and intermediaries from a national and international perspective. In this course, the participants will learn about novel issues of Internet jurisdiction and innovation regulation. The course discusses the legal framework, case law and enforcement strategies dealing with intermediate liability for copyright, trademark, and privacy infringement, including a broader overview of data protection obligations emerging under the newly enacted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It provides key notions regarding patentability, protection and business strategies related to web-based and mobile technology. Also, this course focuses on the role of Internet platforms and service providers in moderating the speech they carry for customers, including obligations and liabilities for defamation, hate and dangerous speech.

The training program pays great attention to online platforms’ regulation within the GDPR and the upcoming Digital Single Market (DSM) reform package in Europe. It exposes participants to most recent caselaw from European and other international courts, while providing state-of-the-art understanding of the legal aspects of Internet technology and recent intermediary liability trends online.

Audience

As a lawyer, entrepreneur, or policy maker working at the forefront of Internet and technology industry, you must know how web-based and mobile technologies can be protected, which obligations apply to access providers and communications platforms like Google, Twitter and Facebook, and whether and when they are liable for their users’ online activities. These are critical emerging issues for online businesses and key factors that affect innovation.

This training program would gather together media, creative economies, and high-tech professionals and entrepreneurs, lawyers, policy makers, judges, and students.

For more detailed information regarding the training, please see the program here.

For further information, please contact Ms. Isabelle Mahoudeau for administrative questions/registration imahoudeau@ceipi.edu or Mr. Giancarlo Frosio for questions related to the academic content of the program, gcfrosio@ceipi.edu.

“Protecting Digital Business Models with Digital Patents”, third edition of CEIPI’s Executive IP Management Days, 29-30 November 2018, Strasbourg

This program, took place from 29 to 30 November 2018 in Strasbourg, and was dedicated to train IP management executives in industry and institutions. Since 2006 the MIPLM program educates IP management skills to IP experts from all over the world. There is a growing and devel­oping best practice in business orientated IP management.

The workshops aimed to provide insight into industry specific aspects of IP strategy development, practical issues in systematic synthetic invention, IP protection of perceived customer benefits and sustainable organizational change in companies.

The workshop program was mainly addressed to IP professionals, but also for graduate students who were interested in these topics.

The framework is designed for inspired discussions and networking.

Click here to download the program.

The participants to the CEIPI Executive IP Management Days with Prof. Alexander Wurzer, training manager of this programme

Graduation Ceremony of the CEIPI’s Masters Programs Academic Year 2017-2018, 17 October 2018, Paris

The graduation Ceremony of the CEIPI’s Masters Programs, academic Year 2017-2018, organized by CEIPI’s alumni, the AACEIPI (Association des amis du Centre d'études internationales de la propriété intellectuelle) took place on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at the law firm August & Debouzy, in Paris and was followed by a cocktail reception.

Photos and videos are available on the website of the AACEIPI.

Enrolment for the Master of Intellectual Property Law and Management (MIPLM), Academic year 2018-2019

This European Master’s program is designed especially for European patent attorneys, lawyers and other experienced IP professionals. Its ultimate objective is to qualify experienced IP professionals to act as IP managers with the practical skills and knowledge to deal with the new challenges of wealth creation and profit generation. Participants acquire first and foremost a new understanding of how intellectual property works in business models and are conveyed the necessary skills to achieve the systematic alignment of IP management and business objectives.

This Master addresses students and practitioners with a minimum of three years’ experience in the Intellectual Property field.        

Click here for further information and enrolment.

Contact: Isabelle Christ (isabelle.christ@ceipi.edu).

The CEIPI students of the Master of Intellectual Property Law and Management (MIPLM) for the year 2017-2018 with Prof. Alexander J. Wurzer, Adjunct Professor at CEIPI and Director of studies of this Master, Thibaud Lelong, Training Coordinator and Isabelle Christ, Manager for training and International relations

CEIPI training offer for the preparation of the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) 2019

The CEIPI is organizing several courses preparing for the EQE 2019. The training have started in September 2018 by Methodology courses and further includes 5 days seminars preparing for the pre-examination and for papers AB, C and D, as well as intensive last-minute courses.

Enrolment for these intensive last-minute courses, which give participants the opportunity to sit complete mock papers under exam conditions and to analyze the solutions with the tutors, is still possible:

  • intensive last-minute courses for the pre-examination and for papers AB, C and D of the EQE for French-speaking candidates, from 22 to 26 January 2019 in Paris
  • intensive last-minute courses for the pre-examination and for papers AB, C and D of the EQE for English- and German-speaking candidates, from 21 to 25 January 2019 in Munich.

Further information about these courses, as well as the enrolment forms are available on the CEIPI website.

To see the EQE success rate for students who have taken these courses with CEIPI, click here.

Basic training in European Patent Law 2018-2019

The current basic training in European patent law has started in autumn 2018, with 6 courses having opened in different locations in Europe since September 2018.

Enrolment for the following courses, scheduled as from early 2019, is currently possible: Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Darmstadt, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Manchester, Roma, Stuttgart, Wien, Zurich.

For further information about the courses and the enrolment forms, please refer to the CEIPI website.

Cooperation with the European Patent Office: Candidate Support Project and training of EPO examiners

In the framework of the cooperation with the European Patent Office, the CEIPI is entrusted, for a second consecutive year, with the preparation of approximately 130 EPO examiners for the pre-examination and for papers A and B of the EQE 2019. In addition, the CEIPI is again involved, in 2018-19, in the EPO’s Candidate Support Project, aiming at supporting candidates from member states having few EQE-qualified Professional Representatives, in their preparations for the EQE. The CEIPI is currently in charge of the preparation of CSP candidates for papers A and B of the EQE.

Scholarship for a CEIPI student for obtaining an LLM at Vanderbilt University, USA (academic year 2019/2020)

In the framework of their partnership, CEIPI of the University of Strasbourg and the Law School of the Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) announce the renewal of the special scholarship meant for a CEIPI student for obtaining an LLM in USA. This scholarship of 30 000 $ is going along with a position (remunerated according to the application rates) of research assistant on intellectual property (the exam period won’t be paid) under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Gervais. This scholarship is available for academic year 2019-2020 (beginning of the courses in August 2019). A similar scholarship will be provided each year.

The LLM degree of Vanderbilt allows students to take the Bar exams, especially the New York’s one. About sixty students from Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa are accepted into the LLM programme each year. The LLM programme is fully integrated into the JD (Juris Doctor degree or Doctor of Law degree) programme and enables students to register to the same courses. An intensive and optional legal English course is also provided in July.

The scholarship recipient will be chosen jointly by CEIPI and Vanderbilt.

For more details regarding enrolment:

http://law.vanderbilt.edu/prospective-students/llm-program-/llm-admissions-process.php

(CEIPI’s candidates won’t be asked to pay the 50 $ required to enroll).

The applications in English including:

  • detailed CV
  • cover letter
  • last transcript of records
  • proof of proficiency in English (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.; a minimum score of 100 is required on the TOEFL and 7.5 on the IELTS)

will have to be sent to asandulesei@ceipi.edu (copy ceipi-dg@ceipi.edu).

Deadline for enrolment: 28th February 2019.

For more information, please contact:                                                                                                                                                                                 

Ionela ASANDULESEI
03 68 85 80 57
asandulesei@ceipi.edu

PARTICIPATION OF CEIPI MEMBERS IN SYMPOSIUMS, CONFERENCES, AND OTHER EVENTS

The scientific activity of the center’s researchers is extremely important, thus contributing to the outreach of CEIPI's research department. Therefore, the CEIPI research team members are participating in various conferences and scientific events.

Giancarlo Frosio at the Seoul Copyright Forum 2018, 17 October 2018
Clara Ducimetière à la Conférence 2018 de l’EPIP à Berlin, 5-7 septembre 2018
Xavier Seuba in Munich in the context of a one-week course on the Impact on New Technologies on the Law, organized by the Academy of Judicial Studies and Exchange in partnership with the Max Planck Institute, 6 November 2018
Christophe Geiger at the conference “Copyrights contracts and licenses in the Digital Single Market”, Faculty of Law, Valencia, Spain, 23 November 2018

For more information, consult the list of Current and upcoming events, and the list of Past events

CEIPI’S JOB AND INTERNSHIP OFFERS

CEIPI Employment offer - Patent litigation and Unified Patent Court

CEIPI is looking for a lawyer with a Master’s degree or LLM in Intellectual Property who would like to bring its expertise to the Center in patent litigation and the Unified patent court (research and support for the training activities of the center). Depending on candidate's profile, the position could take the form of a research assistant contract, a casual work contract or internship. This position could open the possibility of writing a doctoral thesis in the field of intellectual property.

Download the offer.

CEIPI Internship offer - Legal intern in Intellectual Property

We are looking for a legal intern expected to advance the educational and research missions of the CEIPI. This internship can be taken while studying for the bar exam.

Download the offer.

Employment offers

Find on CEIPI’s website, section “Employment offers” several offers for employment and internships regularly updated, in the Intellectual property field (patents engineers, lawyers).

PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS

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