IP Researchers Europe conference (IPRE)

The School of Law of the University of Geneva (UNIGE), in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), organized  the first IP Researchers Europe Conference (IPRE), on Friday, 29 June, 2018 at WIPO.

For a summary and press release of the First IPRE, see the WIPO News and the WTO News.

As part of broader efforts to promote scholarly exchanges in the field of intellectual property (IP), and recognizing the unique role of Geneva as an international hub for IP law and policy, the IPRE is an initiative that seeks to provide an opportunity for IP scholars to present and discuss their work-in-progress with IP researchers from several other jurisdictions world-wide, as well as to facilitate dialogue and engagement between scholars and policy makers and other IP experts.

While the IPRE features presentations focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on European-based research, the focus of IPRE is to promote a wider comparative and international dialogue. Presenters are exposed to feedback and comments from experts from jurisdictions across the world.

In particular, the First IPRE formed an integral part of the programmes of both the 2018 WIPO – WTO Colloquium for IP Teachers and the 2018 WIPO-UNIGE Intellectual Property Summer School. Participants in these programmes were able to share perspectives and engage directly with the presenters at IPRE. This created a unique opportunity for a scholarly exchange amongst senior and junior IP experts from many countries and continents.

UNIGE, WIPO, and WTO will host the Second IPRE in Geneva in late June 2019. Details about the event and the call for papers will be announced in late Autumn 2018.