In January 2018 EIPIN IS Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) participated in training events at the University of Maastricht. These events were divided into 2 parts.
The first two days, 23 and 24 January, consisted of legal research methodology training. The ESRs did not only familiarize themselves with different legal research methods (such as empirical and normative legal research), but were also provided with useful tools to help them accurately define their research question and narrow down their thesis focus. The training also included one-to-one feedback sessions between an ESR and a lecturer, where ESRs received tailored recommendations on shaping their research questions and methodology.
From 25 to 27 January EIPIN IS ESRs participated in the 19th EIPIN Congress, taking place in the main auditorium of the Maastricht University (Statenzaal). The main aim of the congress was to address legal issues connected with “Innovation and Triple Helix”. This task was taken up by 3 panels during the first days: Panel I – IP as a proxy for innovation – myth or reality, Panel II – Innovation, creation and exploitation – are we over playing the IP card?, Panel III – About IP and innovation – what should students be weary of? (round table discussion). IP luminaries from academia, legal practice, public authorities and international organisations based in Europe and North America shared their views on innovation and intellectual property interplay. Answers were given to particular questions, such as how far can intellectual property rights serve as proxies for innovation, how much IP is needed in order to foster creation and exploitation as well as how innovation is used in legal research.
The second day of the conference hosted Panel IV (Innovation and Public Private Partnerships – a catholic marriage?), Panel V (Getting empirical – can we measure innovation, credibly?) and Panel VI (Innovation and ICT – is monopoly unavoidable and desirable?). Panellists from academia, regional authorities and private companies discussed practical issues of public – private partnership in life, dilemmas faced when measuring the impact of intellectual property on innovation and legal implications for entities controlling big data.
From the second day onwards, posters outlining each ESRs research were displayed outside the auditorium. Conference attendees engaged in vivid discussions with ESRs about their research topics during breaks between panels. Subsequently, each of the 15 ESRs delivered a 2-minute presentation on how is their research topic connected to innovation. Presentations were followed by questions from students. A large audience consisting of students, academics and IP experts from public and private sector included Dieter Stauder, the founding father of the EIPIN project.
The posters by the ESRs are available via this link.
The programme of the EIPIN Congress can be found here.