9th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association

Improving Innovation Systems

Brussels, Belgium
September 4-5, 2014

The European Commission will co-host the 9th annual conference of The EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) association in Brussels, Sept. 4-5, 2014. Scholars and practitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of intellectual property rights are encouraged to attend the conference with or without scientific paper presentation.

The conference will explore how the IP systems in Europe can further growth and innovation. Plenary sessions will be centred on the major theme of ‘Improving Innovation Systems’. Leading economists, renown legal scholars, industry representatives and policy makers will take the floor as keynote speakers to share their insights and views on recent developments in the innovation and IP landscape.

The plenary sessions will focus on:

  • Growth, Innovation and Patents
  • Challenges to European IP Systems
  • Venture Capital and IP

Furthermore invited sessions will include sessions on:

  • Copyright Enforcement
  • Gender and IP       
  • 3D printing and IP

Topics of particular interest include:

  • Governance of IP systems
  • Growth, innovation and IP protection
  • IP and measurement of intangible assets
  • The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
  • Patent litigation  
  • IP and competition policy
  • Trade marks and brands
  • Trade mark reform in Europe
  • Copyright in the digital economy
  • Copyright and incentives for creation
  • SME business models and IP
  • Integrated IP strategies
  • Venture capital and IP
  • IP and science
  • Gender and IP

We are pleased to welcome as keynote speakers:

  • Susanne Prantl (Cologne University, Germany)
  • Mark Lemley (Stanford University, USA)
  • Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College, UK)
  • Alison Brimelow CBE
  • Christian Helmers (Santa Clara University)
  • Graeme Dinwoodie (Oxford University, UK)
  • Martin Kretschmer (Glasgow University and CREATe, UK)
  • Veerle Draulans (KU Leuven and Tilburg University, Belgium)
  • Karin Hoisl (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany)
  • K. Swanson JD PhD (Northeastern University School of Law, USA)
  • Kaori Saito (WIPO, Switzerland)
  • Thierry Rayna (ESG Management School, France)
  • Geertrui Van Overwalle
  • Reinout Leys (KU Leuven, Belgium)
  • Dinusha Mendis (Bournemouth University, UK)


Submission procedure for scientific papers

Full papers as well as extended abstracts may be submitted to the conference website

All submissions must include the following information:

  • Title of the paper
  • Authors’ name and affiliation(s), full address, phone and e-mail address
  • Motivation, research question(s), research methodology
  • An abstract of maximally 100 words
  • An extended abstract of up to 3 pages length or a full paper.

Membership fee

This year we only request that you pay an annual membership fee of 60€ to EPIP. 

Time schedule for submission of scientific papers

Deadline for abstract submission             June 16, 2014
Notification of paper acceptance              July4, 2014
Full paper submission                            Aug. 4, 2014

Time table for registration

Opening of registration                           April   1, 2014
End of early bird registration                   July  18, 2014
End of registration                                 Aug.  21, 2014

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 18, 2014. 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.