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5th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association

Maastricht, the Netherlands
September 20-21, 2010

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The EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) association will hold its 5th Annual Conference on September 20-21, 2010 in Maastricht (the Netherlands). Scholars and practitioners interested in the economic, legal and management aspects of intellectual property rights are encouraged to attend the conference with or without paper presentation.

As for the previous conferences (Munich, Lund, Berne and Bologna), the 2010 EPIP Annual Conference will address topics of general interest in the area of IP (intellectual property), such as:

  1. The governance of IPR systems
  2. IPR litigation and enforcement
  3. Differences and similarities amongst different types of IP: patents, copyright, trademarks
  4. University patenting
  5. Software patents
  6. Inventors surveys and the economic value of IP
  7. Accounting for IP assets: methodological, managerial and institutional issues
  8. IP exploitation strategies: factors that influence the use and exchange of IP
  9. Cumulative technical change, technical standards and strategic patenting
  10. The impact of IPR on competition and innovation
  11. Antecedents and consequences of a rising IP enforcement subject matters like biotechnology, software, and business methods
  12. IP, open innovation and the emergence of new business models
  13. IP and entrepreneurship: does a strong IP regime spur or hamper creative destruction and new entry?
  14. IP and the finance for innovation: what is the signalling value of patents and other IP to financial institutions?
  15. Evolution of the national and transnational IPR regime, and the implications for technology transfer across regions

This year an emphasis will be given to the issues of IPR and development and open source. Papers addressing the challenges encountered by developing countries in the context of the TRIPS (trade related aspects of intellectual property rights) agreement, the protection of traditional knowledge, the issues of IPR and health and access to knowledge in developing countries, and the challenging view of the open source alternative to IPR will be particularly welcome.

Invited Speakers:

Tony Clayton, Intellectual Property Office, London
Iain Cockburn, Boston University
Stuart Graham, US Patent Office
Joachim HENKEL, Technische Universität München
Anselm KAMPERMAN SANDERS, Maastricht University
Keith MASKUS, University of Colorado
Sadao NAGAOKA, Hitotsubashi University
Mark SCHANKERMAN, London School of Economics
Nikolaus THUMM, European Patent Office
John WALSH, Georgia Institute of Technology

Scientific Committee:

Stephan BECHTOLD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Susana BORRÁS, Center for Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark Paul A. DAVID, Stanford University, USA, Telecom-Paris Tech and Ecole Polytechnique, France
Dominique FORAY, CDM, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Alfonso GAMBARDELLA, Università L. Bocconi, Italy
Bronwyn H. HALL, University of California at Berkeley, USA, University of Maastricht, Netherlands
Dietmar HARHOFF, INNO-tec, Ludwig-Maximilians Unversität München, Germany
Reto M. HILTY, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law; Universities of Munich and Zurich
Peter LOTZ, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Jacques MAIRESSE, CREST-ENSAE, France and University of Maastricht, Netherlands
Pierre MOHNEN, UNU-MERIT, University of Maastricht, Netherlands
Geertrui VAN OVERWALLE, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Bruno van POTTELSBERGHE Solvay Business School, Belgium
Salvatore TORRISI University of Bologna, Italy
Xavier VENCE, Universidad Santiago de Compostella, Spain
Reinhilde VEUGELERS, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Local Organizing Committee:

Micheline Goedhuys, Bronwyn Hall, Jacques Mairesse, Pierre Mohnen, Monique Raedts

Submission procedure

Full papers as well as extended abstracts may be submitted to

All proposals must include the following information: the title of the paper, the authors’ names and affiliations, full address, phone and E-mail address, and an abstract of up to 500 words. 

Conference Fees

Early bird conference fee → until July 31, 2010 150 €
Student fee                  → until July 31, 2010    100 €
Normal conference fee    → after July 31, 2010    180 €

Time Schedule

Deadline for abstract submission   May 30, 2010
Notification of paper acceptance June 20, 2010
Opening of registration June 20, 2010
End of early bird registration July 31, 2010
End of normal registration August 31, 2010
Full paper submission  September 15, 2010


Additional information for authors with accepted papers

In order for your paper to be included in the program, at least one of the authors must have registered to the conference by July 31, 2010.

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.