European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) 2015 Conference
CREATe, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP)

IP in the Creative Economy

CREATe, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2-3 September 2015

For registration and programme information, please visit the conference website

CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, will host the 10th annual conference of the EPIP Association (European Policy for Intellectual Property) association in Glasgow, September 2-3, 2015. 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 the role of Intellectual Property (IP) in the Creative Economy, with a focus on copyright, data and the changing economics of the digital world. Conceptual and methodological overlaps with the traditional topics of EPIP relating to patents and technological innovation are particularly encouraged.

Plenary sessions will focus on the digital economy, economic history and evidence, copyright reform and big data. Panels are also being prepared on the unitary patent, and the overlap of trade dress and designs. Keynote speakers will include Ian Hargreaves (Cardiff, UK), Petra Moser (Stanford, USA), Pamela Samuelson (Berkeley, USA) and Richard Watt (Canterbury NZ, and Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues, SERCI).

This is a peer-reviewed conference, and we welcome submissions of Full Papers and Proposals for Themed Sessions of 3-4 papers. We will also consider Extended Abstracts.

Proposals for a themed session should name the organiser, three speakers that have agreed to participate (supported by abstracts for each paper), and a brief rationale for the session (one paragraph).

Deadline for submissions: May 20, 2015
Notification of acceptance: June 8, 2015

Submission Portal:

Topics of interest include:

  • IP and Economics of digitisation
  • IP and the digital single market
  • Copyright evidence and reform
  • Collecting societies
  • Big data (access, ownership, regulation)
  • Geographical indications
  • IP in pharmaceutical industry (supplementary protection)
  • Enforcement (preventive schemes in supply-side chain)
  • Standards and pools (standard essential patents, transparency in standardization)
  • Utility models, small patents
  • The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
  • IP Litigation
  • IP and open innovation
  • IP and competition policy
  • IP and governance
  • IP and other incentives to innovate
  • IP and contract law
  • IP licensing
  • IP and science
  • IP and data protection
  • IP and measurement of intangible assets
  • IP and venture capital
  • Designs
  • Trade marks

We are pleased to welcome as speakers:

  • Stefan Bechthold (ETA Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Lionel Bently (Cambridge, UK)
  • Tony Clayton/Pippa Hall (UK Intellectual Property Office)
  • Séverine Dussolier (Sciences Po, Paris, France)
  • Georg von Graevenitz (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
  • Ruben Gutierrrez di Castillo (SGAE/Fundacion Autor, Spain)
  • Stuart Graham (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA)
  • Christian Handke (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • Bertin Martens (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Sevilla, Spain)
  • Petra Moser (Stanford, USA)
  • Sylvie Nerisson (Max Planck Institute, München, Germany)
  • Ian Hargreaves (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Dietmar Harhoff (Max Planck Institute, München, Germany)
  • Paul Heald (University of Illinois, USA)
  • Bernt Hugenholtz (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Kamil Kiljanski (European Commission, DG GROW) tbc
  • Maria Martin-Prat (European Commission, DG CNECT) tbc
  • Geertrui van Overwalle (University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • Joost Poort (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Ole-Andreas Rognstad (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Pamela Samuelson (Berkeley, USA)
  • Ingrid Schneider (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Alain Strowel (Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Belgium)
  • Ruth Towse (Bournemouth University, UK & CREATe)
  • Patrick Walbroeck (Télecom ParisTech, France)
  • Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Richard Watt (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
  • Elisabeth Webster (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Sacha Wunsch-Vincent (WIPO)

Workshop – The Economics of Copyright:

An international PhD workshop and master class will be organised the day before the conference, on Tuesday 1 September, focussing on the economics of copyright (in cooperation with Prof. Ruth Towse and SERCI, the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues). It is open to PhD students, policy makers, industry and public institutions.


EPIP 2015 is organised in cooperation with the European Commission who will participate in several panels. Coordinator for the European Commission is Malwina Mejer, Economist, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW).

EPIP 2015 includes a partnership with the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI). Support also has been received from Glasgow City Council, IViR University of Amsterdam and Microsoft (reconstructing rights project).

CREATe and the Journal Internet Policy Review ( will offer Best Paper Awards.

CREATe receives core funding from Research Councils UK.


Conference participation (including conference documentation, lunches and coffee breaks)

- Academic participant: 250 GBP
- PhD student: 150 GBP
- Non-academic participant: 350 GBP

Speakers with accepted articles who register before July 20, 2015
- Academic participant: 180 GBP
- PhD student: 110 GBP

International masterclass on Tuesday 1 September 2015 (including materials, lunch and coffee break, limited places!)
- PhD/Master student: 100 GBP
- Other: 300 GBP

Conference dinner on 2 September 2015: 50 GBP

The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday 2 September at the Britannia Panopticum, a unique Music Hall from the 1840s (tbc):

The University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, is the fourth-oldest university in the English speaking world. The University occupies an architecturally stunning High Victorian campus on Gilmore Hill, within view of the Scottish Highlands -

Conference chair: 
Martin Kretschmer (CREATe, University of Glasgow)

Local organizers:
Sukhpreet Singh, Andrew McHugh, Diane McGrattan (CREATe, University of Glasgow):

Abstracts, Papers and Session proposals can now be submitted via EasyChair:

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