New Technologies and Challenges to the Existing Intellectual Property System

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New IP Lawyers in collaboration with ASK Art, Science and Knowledge   &    Bocconi PhD School 

                                                                                       Bocconi University      



2nd 2017 Workshop Series


New Technologies and Challenges to the Existing Intellectual Property System


14 September 2017


Bocconi University, Milan


Call for Papers

Technology often precedes legal protection. Robotics, wearable technology (e.g. augmented and virtual reality) and the modification of living organisms are some examples. Whereas new technologies promise to bring benefits to human life by improving transportation, medical care, energy systems, education, and farming, their potential to make an effective contribution depends on the ability of regulatory systems to accommodate technological change.

The intellectual property (IP) system is one component of a bigger institutional framework aiming at fostering growth based on technological innovation. Patents, trade secrets, copyrights, designs, and trademarks are tools for shaping an adequate environment for innovation and growth. Whether a “Frankestein world” will benefit or harm humanity will thus also depend on the subject matter and scope of IP protection.

Proposals to tackle new technological developments have been discussed at EU level as well. For example, several proposals have been advanced to deal with technologies in the EU Digital Single Market or to regulate IP rights on robotics and artificial intelligence.

What are the challenges that new technologies create for IP rights? Which areas are more problematic for IP protection? Should current IP systems be modified? If so, how?

This workshop aims at discussing the work of PhD students who explore intellectual protection of new technologies employed in fields such as arts & science, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, software and other relevant fields. We welcome interdisciplinary research both from a doctrinal and empirical point of view. Contributors are invited to share their review of existing proposals for reform as well as explore new ways for changing the Intellectual Property framework. To be considered for the workshop, please submit a 350-500 words abstract as well as a one paragraph bio by 30 May 2017 to Acceptance will be notified by 30 June 2017.

This event is organized by Laura Zoboli & Viola Prifti on behalf of New IP Lawyers.

Unfortunately, there is no funding available to cover travel or accommodation expenses.
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