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4th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association

Measuring the value of IPR: theory, business practice and public policy

University of Bologna, Bologna – Italy
September 24-25, 2009

Call for papers (pdf)

Registration deadline: 31 August 2009!

One of the greatest challenges for business practitioners and policy-makers today is to converting ideas and intangible assets into economic wealth, and to translate innovations into higher levels of welfare. In particular, issues of IP (intellectual property) are becoming a key element to management of innovation, given the continuous change and the rising level of knowledge intensity of economic activities.

The conference aims to stimulate the scientific and policy debate on current controversial IP topics, such as the validity of different methods for assessing the value of IP, from patents to trademarks, the obstacles to the development of efficient markets for technologies, the costs of strategic patenting and patent litigation, and IP policy harmonization across countries. These are key issues in the economics and management of IP whose profound understanding still entails much theoretical and empirical work. From this perspective, we aim to stimulate and collect novel theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented works with different approaches, from quantitative to qualitative, in-depth case studies.

Papers are invited on the following themes:

  • Inventors surveys and the economic value of IP
  • Accounting for IP assets: methodological, managerial and institutional issues
  • Differences and similarities amongst different types of IP: patents, copyright, trademarks
  • IP exploitation strategies: factors that influence the use and exchange of IP
  • Cumulative technical change, technical standards and strategic patenting
  • Antecedents and consequences of expanded IP enforcement in subject matters like biotech, software, and business methods
  • IP, open innovation and the emergence of new business models
  • IP and entrepreneurship: does a strong IP regime spur or hamper creative destruction and new entry?
  • IP and the finance for innovation: what is the signalling value of patents and other IP to financial institutions?
  • Evolution of the national and transnational IPR regime, and the implications for technology transfer across regions
  • Legal protection of inventions, and the linkages between innovation policy and competition policy

Instructions for presenters and discussants
1) paper should not exceed 10,000 words, including tables and figures
2) presentation format
- 15 minutes for paper presentation
- 10 minutes for discussant
- 5 minutes for open discussion

Additional information for authors with accepted papers
Each participant will only be allowed to present one paper during the conference. Co-authored papers may be presented by any of the participating co-authors.

Registrations are now open!

Conference Fees  
Early bird conference fee - until July 10: 150 Euros
Standard conference fee - from July 11 to August 31: 180 Euros

Time Schedule

Opening Call:

March 3, 2009

Deadline for submission of abstracts (max 1200 words):

April 30, 2009

Communication of paper selection:

June 10, 2009

Registration opening

June 10, 2009

End of early bird registration

July 10, 2009

End of standard registration

August 31, 2009

Full paper submission:

September 10, 2009

Scholars, business practitioners, consultants, and policy-makers dealing with intellectual property rights from different economic, legal and managerial perspectives are encouraged to attend the conference with or without paper presentation.

Invited speakers

  • Alison BRIMELOW, EPO, President
  • Bruno CASSIMAN, IESE Business School, Spain
  • Dominique DEBERDT, Chef de l’Observatoire de la Propriété Intellectuelle, INPI, France
  • Michelle GITTELMAN, Rutgers Business School, United States
  • Bronwyn HALL, Univ. of California at Berkeley and Univ. of Maastricht, United States/ The Netherlands
  • Dietmar HARHOFF, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  • Keld LAURSEN, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Maria Lillà MONTAGNANI, Università Bocconi, Italy
  • Nikolaus THUMM, Chief Economist, European Patent Office, Germany
  • Reinehilde VEUGELERS, K.U. Leuven, Belgium

Scientific committee

  • Susana BORRÁS, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Paul A. DAVID, Stanford University/Telecom-ParisTech and l'Ecole Polytechnique, United States /France
  • Dominique FORAY, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Alfonso GAMBARDELLA, Bocconi University, Italy
  • Paola GIURI, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Bronwyn H. HALL, University of California at Berkeley/University of Maastricht, United States / The Netherlands
  • Dietmar HARHOFF, Ludwig-Maximilians Unversität München, Germany
  • Reto M. HILTY, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Universities of Munich and Zurich
  • Peter LOTZ, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Jacques MAIRESSE, CREST-ENSAE/University of Maastricht, France/The Netherlands
  • Pierre MOHNEN, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Federico MUNARI, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Enrico SANTARELLI, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Maurizio SOBRERO, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Salvatore TORRISI, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Xavier VENCE, Universidad Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Reinhilde VEUGELERS, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
  • Bruno VAN POTTELSBERGHE, Solvay Business School, Belgium
  • Gertrui VAN OVERWALLE, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Bertrand WARUSFEL, Université de Lille II, France 

Alfonso Gambardella, Federico Munari, Salvatore Torrisi

Conference venue:
Aula Prodi - Complesso San Giovanni in Monte

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