Doctoral candidates in IP law until now are not trained to deal with these complex relationships. EIPIN-Innovation Society prepares a new type of IP researcher that is able to ascertain and articulate the complexities of the IP system and its role in the innovation lifecycle. The project allows the researchers to forge strong connections with future employers through the involvement of IP institutions, branch organizations, innovative firms and non-profit public interest organisations.

An understanding of the role and effects of IP on innovation is now more needed than ever before. Europe is still lagging behind in terms of innovation. Research centres are developing breakthrough technologies, but the domestic commercial follow-up is still not where it should be (the so-called ‘valley of death’). As part of the EU’s “2020 strategy”, the European Commission has articulated the desire to bring European research closer to business and underlined the extreme importance of industries based on immaterial assets and new technologies for the economy. EIPIN-Innovation Society’s mission is to contribute towards enhancing Europe’s innovation capacity in the globalizing world.

EIPIN-Innovation Society looks at innovation in a holistic fashion, approaching the valorisation of intellectual creativity from a multidisciplinary perspective, involving academia, legal practice, institutional actors, and knowledge-intensive industries.