Anastasiia Kyrylenko wins the 2020 AIPPI Student Essay Prize

Anastasiia Kyrylenko, ESR 10, has won the 2020 AIPPI Essay Prize in the student category. The subject of this year’s competition was COVID-19 and its impact on the world of IP. Anastasiia’s essay, “COVID-19 and Geographical Indications: Is the Promise of ‘Quality’ in ‘Quality Schemes’ Undermined?”, analyses whether lockdown measures and the resulting changes in the methods of PDO/PGI production negatively affected the so-called ‘promise of quality’, as regulated under the EU’s regime for protection of geographical indications.

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Niccolò Galli wins the EPIP 2020 Young Scholar Award

On 10 September 2020, Niccolò Galli, ESR 3, won the EPIP Young Scholar Award for the best legal paper submitted by doctoral students to the European Policy for Intellectual Property 2020 annual conference. The winning paper Niccolò presented investigates patent licensing as a prominent patent aggregation activity from both legal and empirical stances. At the core, Niccolò analyses the licensing business of patent aggregators using a multiple case study based on triangulated direct and secondary data sources. His findings provide transparency on the otherwise stealthy patent aggregators’ licensing activities and inform the academic and innovation policy debates over patent aggregation.

EPIP, which stands for European Policy for Intellectual Property, is an international, independent, interdisciplinary, non-profit association of researchers that grew out of a network financed by the European Commission from 2003 to 2005. Every year, the EPIP conference gathers from all over the world scholars and practitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of intellectual property rights. During the gathering, the EPIP Association awards two Young Scholar Awards for the best papers submitted by PhD students in law and economics/management. The EPIP Board evaluates submissions by PhD students that have qualified in the general conference peer-review process.

Maurizio Crupi wins the 1st prize in the ECTA Award Competition – student category

The European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) is a non-governmental professional association actively involved in promoting changes in the fields of Intellectual Property in Europe. Within this framework, the ECTA Award encourages academic research for the development of European trade mark, design, copyright, and geographical indication laws.

The working paper titled ‘Innovating within Tradition: Are PDOs and PGIs Loosening Their Link to Origin?’ aims to analyze culture and tradition as a rationale to ground the enhanced GI protection. On top of that, the analysis of GI amendments attempts to better understand the evolution of the link to origin and the difference between Protected Denominations of Origin (PDOs) and Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs).

Lucius Klobučník wins EPIP Young Scholar Award

Lucius Klobučník, EIPIN-IS ESR 15, won the EPIP Young Scholar Award 2019 for the best paper submitted by PhD students to the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) conference. The EPIP 14th Annual Conference took place at the ETH in Zurich in September 2019. The working paper with preliminary title “Comparative Analysis of DSP Liability Regimes and Safe Harbor Policies Between the US and the EU” was presented by Lucius and his co-author, Thomas Y. Lu from the Hsih Shin University College of Law, Taiwan in one of the copyright panels at the EPIP conference. The winning paper was selected by the EPIP Board.

The main aim of the paper is to provide critical views on duties and liability of online content sharing service providers in the EU, to compare how do these duties differ under the US law and provide recommendations for EU Member States towards the national implementation of the Digital Single Market Directive.

Naina Khanna adjudged the winner for 4IP Council Research Award 2018 (First Place)

Naina Khanna has been adjudged the winner for the 4Ip Council Research Award 2018. Her paper titled “Patent Quality: Does one-size-fit all?” has been ranked #1.

4iP Council is a European research council dedicated to developing high quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to intellectual property and innovation. The 4Ip Council Research Award aims to foster student interest in, and validate new ideas on key topics related to the interplay between patents and innovation.

In her article, Naina analysed a broad range of literature to answer the question; what the term “patent quality” may encompass and whether there could be one size fits all definition? The paper seeks to facilitate the identification of factors that influence the quality of patents, especially from a sound policy perspective.

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Anastasiia Kyrylenko has won CEPS’ Youth Essay Competition Prize with her work “Landscaping IPR Chapters of the EU´s new generation FTAs: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine”.

CEPS is a Brussels-based think tank that leads the 3dcftas project (The EU’s Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia). The basic objective of ‘The Three DCFTAs’ project is to enhance the understanding of the agreements and the implications of their implementation.

Anastasiia Kyrylenko presents in Kviv