Visiting program for foreign researchers within CEIPI Research Department

The Research Department of CEIPI was created in 2006 and it’s directed since 2009 by Christophe Geiger, Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Director General of CEIPI. It is composed of 48 members, among which 30 are PhD candidates in the field of IP.

Its activities include publications, participation in European and international projects and the organization of academic events, legal workshops and conferences, consultancy and expertise for decision-makers, supervising doctoral thesis.

The center cooperates with numerous centres of excellence in the field of IP research (EIPIN network; Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich; Technical University in Dresden; Oxford University - Oxford Intellectual Property Research Center; University of Huazhong – Sino-European Institute for Intellectual Property; Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore; University of Washington - Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property; Case Western Reserve University School of Law - Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts; NYU School of Law; University of Buenos Aires and University of Technology of Sydney). The Research Department participates also in the organization of the research oriented “Master of Laws European and International Intellectual Property Law”.

The Research Department opened starting from the 2015/2016 academic year a new visiting program for foreign researchers. The researchers will have the opportunity to interact with academics from the center and participate in numerous academic activities: conferences, seminars, roundtables, etc. The center will provide a working space and access to specialized libraries. Accommodation could be organized upon request in residences managed by the University of Strasbourg (

The program is open 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.

The length of stay will be between few weeks and 1 year maximum (in case of a staying in the framework of the Marie Curie fellowships, a longer period may be considered).

Two deadlines for applications:

• 15th September 2019 (for research visits starting on 1st November)
• 1st January 2020 (for research stays starting on 1st March)

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…).

Visiting researchers conducting a research project at CEIPI leading to a publication are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal to publish their work in one of CEIPI's collections: CEIPI Studies in Intellectual Property at Edward Elgar and CEIPI’s collection at LexisNexis. For articles, a publication in the SSRN series of CEIPI is also encouraged.

The will to value the work accomplished during the research stay at CEIPI in one of the CEIPI collections is a factor that will be taken into account favorably by the commission during the examination of the application.

The applications including:

  • application form
  • detailed CV
  • cover letter
  • description of the research project (max. 3 pages)
  • publication list
  • proof of funding, must be sent to: (copy to

Click to access the application form.

Researchers hosted at CEIPI in the framework of the program:

- from the 22 December 2015 to 14 June 2016, Mr. Min-Young Lee, Deputy Director, Design Examination Division, Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO - Korean Intellectual Property Office), who benefited from a scholarship of the Korean government (Korean Government Overseas Research fellowship). His research focused on the topic “Effective Measures to Protect and Foster SMEs IP Information Service Industry, Which will Lead the Market with Creative Ideas Toward National Growth”.

- from 1st September 2016 to 31st August 2017, Mr. Sean O’Connor, Director of the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP), Faculty Director, Cannabis Law & Policy Project, Chair, UW IP Management Advisory Committee, University of Washington, USA. His research project focuses on the topic “The Methodology and Means of Innovation”.

- from 1st April to 30 June 2016, Mr. Michele Pappone, PhD student in intellectual property at Università degli Studi del Molise, Italy, who enjoyed a funding from his home institution. His research project focuses on the following topic “Trademark Protection and Fight against counterfeiting”.

- from 12 June 2016 to 30 November 2017, Mr. Tsukasa Aso, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan, who enjoyed a funding from his home institution. His research project focuses on the following topic “The International harmonization of design law”

- from 10 to 25 June 2017, Mr. Shuya Hayashi, Professor / Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, Japan. His research topic is “Artificial Intelligence Platform, Intellectual Property and Data Capitalism”.

- from 1st June 2017 to 31 July 2017, Ms. Florence Thépot, Lecturer in Competition and EU Law, School of Law, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. Her research topic is “Digital platforms in the creative industry: Innovation v. Consumer welfare?”.

- from 18 September 21 October 2017, Mr. Henry Biggs, Adjunct Professor, International Intellectual Property (Law School), Washington University in St Louis. His research project focuses on the topic “Creativity and Copyright”.

- from 2 February to 8 July 2018, Mr. Vinicius Bogéa Câmara, Professor at INPI’s Academy of IP and Innovation, Brazil. His research project focuses on the topic “Fluid trademarks in Brazil and European Union: a brief study on its protection, challenges and opportunities for IP offices and TM owners”.

- from 14 to 25 May 2018, Prof. Natalie Stoianoff, Professor and Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney. Her research project focuses on the topic “IP and the protection of Indigenous Knowledge: Building a Competent Authority”.

- from 2 to 20 July 2018, Ms. Concepción Saiz, Professeur Titular de Derecho Civil, University of Valencia, Spain. Her research project focuses on the topic “Publishing Contracts for Literary Works”.

- 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, Associate 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”.


- from 1st September 2019 to 30 August 2020, Mr. Branislav Hazucha, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Law, with a funding from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. His research project focuses on the topic “Public Views on the Role of Parody in Copyright Law”.