Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

World Intellectual Property Day – IP and SMEs: Taking Your Ideas to Market

26 April 2021

World IP Day commemorates the date on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970. Since its inception in 2000, World IP Day has become an annual event challenging us to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

Many prominent organizations are hosting events on and around April 26th in support of this year’s theme, IP and SMEs: Taking your ideas to market. You can see a full list of WIPO events hosted around the globe by clicking here.

Check out some of these events below:

SMEs, IP and Resilience against the COVID 19 Pandemic, in Collaboration with the Onassis Foundation and the Hellenic Industrial Property Organization (OBI)

22 April 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:35 am (CEST)

This WIPO event will feature two fascinating panels. The first will demonstrate how IP helped European SMEs demonstrate resilience in overcoming the challenges of the pandemic. The second will highlight WIPO IP for Business Division research on COVID-19’s impact on start-ups and SMEs and the measures taken to face those challenges. 

Click here for a full program with a list of speakers and discussion topics.

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Data Fundamental and IP

22 April at 3:00 PM (EST)


Organized by the Innovation Asset Collective as part of their Innovator Series of webinars, Data Fundamentals for Business will explore questions around the use and usefulness of data in business strategy, as well as tips to manage risk and leverage opportunity.

IP expert Karima Bawa will be joined by expert panelists Imran Ahmad and Evgueni Loukipoudis. Imran Ahmad is the Canadian head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s technology and innovation industry group and the Canadian co-head of NRP’s data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice. Evgueni Loukipoudis is the CTO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. Discussions will include the value of data as a business asset, the issues surrounding data ownership, data privacy, security, and sharing, and the risks involved in not taking steps to implement best practices surrounding data. They will provide insight and wisdom from their combined wealth of legal and practical business experience in data protection and data standards in Canada and across the world.

Members get more: The recording of the event will be released to IAC members with a “key takeaways” report with reflection questions that will be explored further in the next member networking session on May 13.

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World IP Day, Life on the IP Bench and Other Things: A Conversation with Professor Sir Robin Jacob

26 April 2021 from 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm (BST)


In this special World IP Day event, IBIL welcomes you to join Daniel Alexander in discussion with the Professor Sir Robin Jacob to mark Sir Robin’s contribution to IP law on the auspicious occasion of his 80th birthday.

Sir Robin needs little introduction. Having enjoyed a distinguished career spanning 40 years as a leading member of the IP Bar, a High Court Judge and then a judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, he has left an indelible mark on IP laws in the UK and influenced the law’s development in Europe and beyond.

On retirement from the bench, Sir Robin joined UCL Laws ten years ago as the Sir Hugh Laddie Professor of Intellectual Law. It has not been a restful retirement! As Director of the Institute of Brand and Innovation (IBIL), Sir Robin oversees the Institute’s numerous public engagement events, while also being active in the research and teaching activities of the Faculty of Laws. This year, for instance, he has published an article on the contentious topic of ‘plausibility’ in patent law, coached the UCL IP Moot team and participated in undergraduate and post-graduate online IP classes. He also receives regular invitations to give lectures and keynote speeches around the world, is consulted on IP matters by the European Commission and the UK government and serves as President of the Intellectual Property Judges’ Association. In 2018, Sir Robin was sworn in as a judge at the new Astana International Financial Centre court in Kazakhstan, and until the UK withdrew from the project, he chaired the Advisory Panel on the Selection and Training of Judges for the (hopefully still) forthcoming Unitary Patent Court.

Join us in this celebration, in which we will explore the many facets of Sir Robin’s illustrious IP career. Find out more about the specific challenges of the IP bench, the intersection of procedure and substance in IP, and other things.

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Closing the Gender Gap in Intellectual Property – Mapping and Addressing Barriers

28 April 2021 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (CET)


This first session of WIPO’s series of sharing sessions, aimed at bridging gender gaps in IP innovation, will map the existing barriers that prevent women from using the IP system in greater numbers and with greater benefits, and will explore opportunities to foster their participation based on case studies from Chile and South Korea. 

Click here for a full program and list of speakers.

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Inequality through IP: A new policy lever?

26 & 27 May 2021 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (BST) via Zoom


Since the mid-1970s, it has been generally accepted that reasonable inequality is the price for a vibrant economy. In recent years, however, critiques have increasingly started to question this proposition. Notable among them is Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century pushed inequality to the forefront of public debate, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT, who identified technology as the primary driver of the recent increases in inequality, especially post-2008.

The mounting evidence that modern capitalism accelerates inequality brings to the fore a set of pressing questions for legal scholars. Primarily, what is the role of law in these dynamics? Moreover, how might changes to our legal order help redress them?  Thus far, UN-level and national policies associated with wealth concentration and inequality were focused on financial deregulation, tax havens, secrecy in financial transactions, lower tax rates on high incomes and investments, and cuts or underinvestment in public services relied on by the majority. As wealth increasingly relies on intangible assets, the one field that remains surprisingly under-explored is intellectual property (IP), both at the national and international levels.

It is incumbent upon scholars and policymakers to investigate how IP laws and related-innovation policies may have contributed to inequality and whether IP policies may contribute toward redressing inequality.

Workshop’s discussion topics:

  • Identifying IP’s role in both national and global inequality
  • Patent law, monopoly power, and inequality
  • International IP and distributive justice policies
  • Pharmaceutical (un)availability as a global inequality case study
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals, inequality, and innovation policy
  • Gender inequality, female inventors and entrepreneurs
  • Patented invention rates as indicators of global inequality
  • The relation between income inequality and investment in R&D
  • International IP and the promotion of welfare distribution
  • IP, scalability and winner‐take‐all economic outcomes
  • IP in relation to inequality of outcomes and inequality of opportunities

See the full event program and list of speakers here.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is mandatory and limited. Click here to register as soon as possible before May 24.