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The World Intellectual Property Day


April 26, 2016

The World Intellectual Property Day


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ECIU celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day on the 26th of April in Dublin!

The 26th of April is the World Intellectual Property Day. This year’s theme is “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined”. Reimagining culture – how we create it, how we access it, and how we finance it – is not without challenges.

The 26th of April a group of experts from across Europe will meet at the Dublin City University to discuss precisely these challenges.

The group consisting of experts from the Tampere University of Technology (Finland), Aalborg University (Denmark), University of Aveiro (Portugal), University of Stavanger (Norway), Dublin City University (Ireland), Linköping University (Sweden), Norwegian University of Science & Technology (Norway), University of Twente (Holland) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) meets twice a year and has been doing so since the inaugural meeting in Copenhagen in 2009.

The group itself works in an innovative way as expressed by Senior Legal Advisor Morten Øien from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology “I have been working extensively with IP issues, in particular IP management in research collaborations, for almost 20 years. In my capacity as legal advisor with international contract law and IPR as key areas of competence, I have been taking part in a lot of international conferences and other IP dissemination events over this time period. The ECIU Legal Group for IPR & Technology Transfer stands out from the rest, as this is the only body where, to my experience, it is possible to both participate in defining the agenda of the meetings and having in depth and lengthy discussions in an informal atmosphere over the agreed agenda items. Hence, participation at these meetings is ranked very high on my priorities list.”

On the agenda of the meeting are central challenges such as the creator’s/inventor’s rights versus the rights of the universities, new innovative ways of raising capital and new flexible ways to access IPR.

The importance of having these meetings and discussing these central challenges are also supported by the host of the 14th meeting of the group, Director of Innovation Richard Stokes at Dublin City University  “Digital innovation is touching every aspect of our lives from work to leisure. Ensuring that the research being done at universities is readily accessible can help to drive widespread societal impact through collaboration and partnerships. The role of the IP professional is to facilitate this process through new partnership models.”

The meeting will very suitably be held at “The Invent Centre” at Dublin City University.

Any questions in relation to the work of the group or membership can be directed to the chairman of the group, Senior Legal Adviser at Aalborg University, Per Marc Pedersen at +45 9940 9907 or pmp@adm.aau.dk

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Dublin City University

Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, ambitious and vibrant university, with a mission ‘to transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement’. Known as Ireland’s ‘University of Enterprise and Transformation’, DCU is committed to the development of talent, and the discovery and translation of knowledge that advances society and the economy. The university is based on three academic campuses in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra region of north Dublin. It currently has more than 18,000 students enrolled across its five faculties – Science and Health, DCU Business School, Computing and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences and DCU Institute of Education.