2nd Annual Conference of the EPIP Association

CIRCLE/Lund University – Sweden
September 20-21, 2007

The EPIP association will hold its 2 nd Annual Conference on September 20 th and 21 st 2007 at Lund University , Sweden , hosted by CIRCLE, Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy. Scholars and practitioners interested in the field of intellectual property are encouraged to attend the conference with or without paper presentation . For paper-presentations participants shall submit extended abstracts for the conference presentations on the following indicative topics:

  • National and European Legal Regimes’ Evolution
  • Litigation and Enforcement
  • The Quality and Value of Patents
  • University Patents in Europe
  • Software , Biotech Patents in Europe
  • Industrial Dynamics, Clusters and IPR
  • The governance of the Patent System in Europe
  • Competition and Patents
  • Patents, Diffusion and R&D
  • Trademarks, and Databases

Invited Speakers:
Alison BRIMELOW, President, EPO; Ove GRANDSTRAND, Chalmers; University of Technology, Sweden; Gun HELLSVIK, General director, Swedish Patent Office; Geertrui Van OVERWALLE, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven ; Bruno VAN POTTELSBERGHE, Chief economist, EPO.

Conference Fees
Early Bird Conference fee (Until June 20th, 2007): 2000 Swedish Crones (ca. 200 €) 
Conference fee (June 20th-August 20th, 2007): 2500 Swedish Crones (ca. 250 €) 
Please note that Sweden is NOT part of the Euro zone, but has kept its own national currency: SEK ('Kroner'). (1 Euro = approx. SEK 9,3).

The host institutes


CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy) is a multidiscplinary research centre spawning several faculties at Lund University and Blekinge Institute of Technology. The founding fathers of CIRCLE include Lund Institute of Technology, Administrative, Economic and Social Sciences, Department of Business Administration, and Research Center for Urban Management and Regional Development. The research at CIRCLE will be focused under four main research areas.

  1. Learning in systems of innovation and the effects of R&D and innovation on growth
  2. Studies of regional innovation systems
  3. The entrepreneurial university and research-based ventures
  4. Public policies in the field of innovation


Lund University

With eight faculties and several research centers and specialized schools, Lund University is the largest institution of research and higher education in Sweden. The majority of the University is located in Lund, but there are also several academic and research institutes in Malmö. The University also has a campus in Helsingborg and learning centers in several towns in Skania.

Lund University cooperates extensively with other universities, colleges and research institutes around the world. One such example is Oresund University, which is run by Lund University, and 13 other Swedish and Danish universities and colleges. The University also participates in the European Union’s education and research programme and is the only Nordic member of Universitas 21, an organization made up of 20 universities from 11 countries, most of them outside Europe. All together, Universitas 21 has about 500,000 students and 40,000 researchers. Since 2006, Lund University is a member of The League of European Research Universities (LERU), an association of twelve research-intensive universities sharing the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research. In Sweden, the University also cooperates extensively with the cultural and business communities, government agencies and organizations, locally, regionally and nationally


Welcome to Lund

Lund is a city where a thousand years of history blends with modern knowledge and visions. You'll also find all the charm of a small town, side by side with the enticements and comforts of a major city.  Students from all over the world attend Lund's tradition-rich Lund University, adding a youthful pulse to Lund's cultural and entertainment scene.


Lund offers classical museums, art galleries and other sights. Theatres, music and lectures, inviting restaurants and cafés, can all be found within walking distance in Lund´s city centre.

The eastern districts of Lund - Dalby, Genarp, Södra Sandby and Veberöd - offer a mix of cultural experiences and beautiful natural surroundings. Suggestions for excursions to the eastern parts of Lund can be found under the heading "Beautiful Nature".

The City of Ideas
Lund, situated in the centre of the attractive and expansive Öresund region in southern Sweden, is one of the oldest cities in Sweden with a history more than one thousand years old. Over the centuries it has earned a reputation for being a place where people meet, and, today, more than ever, Lund is a meeting place for ideas and creativity.

Here, the university, science-park, multicultural atmosphere and historical surroundings make up a unique combination. This, along with its central situation, has turned Lund into an international city where ideas are born - ideas that build enterprises and achieve success both nationally and internationally. 

Facts about Lund


Lund, centrally situated in the attractive and expansive Öresund region, is built on a medieval network of streets and bears a cultural-historical identity provided by its old buildings and surroundings that have been preserved for centuries.

The university and students give the city a youthful and multicultural atmosphere, which has led to an active cultural life full of activities and entertainment.

The City of Lund covers 442.7 km2, of which 22.9 km2 is densely populated. 
The City of Lund is the twelfth largest municipality in Sweden.

The City of Lund has 100 402 residents.
Multicultural identity 130 nationalities represented among the residents of the City.
Young population The age group 20-29 (21%) is remarkably higher than the national average (13%), due largely to the students at the university.
Average age 37 years; in all of Sweden 40 years.
Working part of the population 64.3% of the population between 20 and 64 years of age.
Commuting About 23 000 people commute to Lund, and about 14 000 people commute from Lund.

Education 58% of Lund's population between the ages of 25 and 64 have a university education. The total for Sweden as a whole is 29%.

Conference venue: AF-Castle

Academic Society (AF): Having been founded over 175 years ago, the Academic Society combines its dignified age with breadth in activities to become the core of student life in Lund. AF-borgen (AF-castle) is the students own house and meeting-place for a great number of activities (big partys) and student organizations, combined with restaurant serving delicious lunches and a café.


The Academic Society (AF)
Telephone: +46 (0) 46 38 49 00 / 46 38 49 49
E-mail: af@af.lu.se / studentinfo@af.lu.se
Akademiska Föreningen, Sandgatan 2, 223 50 Lund

For further information http://www.af.lund.se


Please note that Sweden is NOT part of the Euro zone, but has kept its own national currency: SEK ('Kroner'). 1 Euro is ~10 SEK

Travel & Visa Requirements

In Sweden, entry visas are governed by the rules of the Schengen Agreement. Under the agreement, visas issued by the Consulate General of Sweden are valid for Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Spain.
Please check if you need visa to enter Sweden.

If visa is required we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. EPIP and CIRCLE will not issue invitations but will provide confirmation of registration to authors of accepted papers if needed by the authorities.



For questions regarding the academic content of the conference, and the
practical location issues, please send an email to: 
EPIP2007@circle.lu.se or to