You are cordially invited to participate in the ninth annual workshop of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network Ltd. (EIPTN Ltd.) at the State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia Bulgaria, on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th July 2016.

The EIPTN Ltd. is multi-disciplinary in focus and aims to bring together IP teachers from across Europe to exchange ideas on best practice in intellectual property teaching and learning activities.

The EIPTN Ltd. is now a separate legal entity, a company limited by guarantee.  The European Patent Academy of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Academy of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) support the EIPTN Ltd. in holding this event.

In particular, the EIPTN Ltd. aims to raise awareness and disseminate information relating to:

  • innovations in the teaching of intellectual property, including web-based teaching and learning activities
  • problem-based teaching and learning
  • multi-disciplinary teaching and learning
  • promotion of  IP teaching through IP professionals (i.e. TTO staff)
  • creation of a network of IP teachers.

Given the informal nature of the workshop, we do not expect participants who are chosen to contribute to the programme to prepare a full paper to present at the meeting. Instead we are issuing this call for proposals asking participants to give 20 minute presentations [plus Q&A] on issues relating experiences of teaching IP: for example, on teaching innovations, problems associated with teaching IP and emerging issues in IP teaching. We would encourage you to provide feedback from the students or evidence of any impact on teaching outcomes due to the issues discussed.

Examples of presentations given at the workshops in previous years can be found on the EIPTN Ltd. website.

This year we are also issuing a call for posters. Chosen posters will be displayed during the course of the meeting with time for the poster presenters to ‘talk to’ their poster.

In addition to the teaching sessions there will be a session run by the EPO and EUIPO devoted to explaining and demonstrating the use of the IP teaching materials made available by them. Best practices of using the EPO and EUIPO IP teaching material will be presented.

The working language for the workshop will be English.

There will be an Annual Dinner on the 4th July.

If you would like to participate in the EIPTN Ltd. meeting on 4th and 5th July 2016 by offering to give a short presentation or present a poster about your teaching experiences or innovative approaches to teaching you have used, please send the title of your proposed talk or poster and a 500 word abstract, setting out the main themes you intend to address, here