The sixth EIPTN annual workshop took place in Milan on 12-13 July 2012, hosted by the Law Department, Bocconi University, in cooperation with the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.

The event was supported by the European Patent Academy of the European Patent Office and the Academy of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM).

The workshop included a drinks reception on Thursday 12 July, hosted by the Department of Law, Bocconi University.

A report of the workshop is available to download [pdf].

Thursday 12 July 2012

8.30-9.00: Registration and coffee

9.00-9.30:  Welcome and introduction: Professor Damiano Canale (Director of Department of Law, Bocconi University), Giovanna Oddo (Unit Manager Academia and IP Research, European Patent Academy of the European Patent Office) and François Femia (Head of Training, OHIM Academy)

9.30-9.45: Keynote address: Professor Giorgio Sacerdoti (Bocconi University and Former Chairman, WTO Appellate Body)


9.45-11.00: Session 1 – New approaches to IP teaching, part 1 (Chair: Claire Howell, Aston University, UK)

Jennifer Davis (Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK) The Problem of Teaching Trade Mark Law: the Small Group Solution

Nuno Silva (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) Fifteen Minutes of IP Starters – Prototyping a New Approach to IP Teaching in Universities

Aura Bertoni and Maria Lilla Montagnani (Bocconi University, Italy) IP and Role Games, Or Rather, What Role for IP Law in the Game of Learning-By-Doing

11.00-11.30: Coffee


11.30-12.45: Session 2 – Teaching IP to non-traditional students, part 1 (Chair: 
Ruth Soetendorp, Bournemouth University, UK)

Estibalitz Asua, Maria Inés Torres and Jose Manuel Tarela Pereiro (Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain) Introducing IP in the New Electronic Engineering Degree: One Year of Experience

Alberto Musso (University of Bologna, Italy) Teaching IP Law in Master Programmes for Non-Lawyers

Andris Šteinerts (Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia) IP Teaching for Students of Engineering Sciences

12.45-14.15: Lunch


14.15-15.30: Session 3 – Teaching IP to non-traditional students, part 2 (Chair: Alison Firth, University of Surrey, UK)

Roberto Caso, Valentina Moscon and Federica Giovanella (University of Trento, Italy) Interdisciplinarity in IP Class: Teaching Plagarism in a “Copyright and Music” Course

Isabel Espín Alba (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain) Teaching Copyright Law in the Faculty of Communication Sciences

Pavel Koukal (Masaryk University, Czech Republic) Teaching Legal Protection of Design

15.300-16.00: Coffee


16.00-17.30: Session 4 – National perspectives on IP teaching (Chair: Petra Žikovská, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)

Ingrida Veiksa (Turbia, Riga, Latvia) Teaching Copyright Issues to Latvian Law Students and Other Students – Differences and Similarities

István Gödölle (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary) Experiences in Teaching Intellectual Property for Students Studying Information Technology

Špela Stres (JSI-Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia) Experiences of IP Teaching in Slovenia

Gül Okutan Nilsson (Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey) Teaching IP Law in Turkey

18.00: Reception hosted by the Department of Law, Bocconi University

20.00: EIPTN Annual Dinner at the Bocconi Restaurant. Guest speaker: Marcelo Di Pietro (Director, WIPO Academy)

Friday 13 July 2012


9.00-10.15: Session 5 – Using technology in IP teaching (Chair:
 Adoración Pérez Troya, University of Alcalá, Spain)

Caroline Coles (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK) Tips for the Effective Use of Learning Apps for Mobile Learning

Carlota Planas i Silva (Escola Cinema i Audiovisual de Catalunya & Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain) How to Deal with Difficult Cases: Thoughts with a Current Example – Why Google Went Too Far West

Janice Denoncourt (Nottingham Law School, UK) Using Film to Enhance IP Law Education: The Social Network

10.15-10.30: Coffee


10.30-11.45: Session 6 – New approaches to IP teaching, part 2 (Chair: Laurent Manderieux, Bocconi University, Italy)

Mark Hyland (Bangor University, UK) Practical Exercises as Teaching Innovations in IP Learning

Hernan Nunez (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain) The Usefulness of the Patent Teaching Kit for Starting IP Teachers

Mariateresa Maggiolino (Bocconi University, Italy) Increasing Interaction in IP Law: The Case of Moot Courts

11.45-12.30: Next steps for EIPTN
 – Duncan Matthews (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)

12.30-12.45: Closing remarks: 
Laurent Manderieux (Bocconi University, Italy)

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