International intellectual property protection is essential for promoting technological development. Lacking intellectual property protection or different protection standards in different countries are a severe obstacle to economic development and international trade and investment. Intellectual property laws must ensure that private rights and public interest are both satisfied to facilitate technological and sustainable economic development alike. However, this balance lies on a tightrope, and there is a need to apply and interpret these laws in a way, that all interests are adequately balanced.

Against this backdrop, the purpose of the conference is to analyze how the different forms of intellectual property laws address new challenges and balance private rights and public interest. The conference aims to provide a platform for academics, advocates, research scholars, law students, NGO’s and policymakers to delve into the issue and solicit their view in this regard.

The conference is organized by the University of Salzburg (Austria), the McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento/USA) and the Vellore Institute of Technology (Chennai/India). We cordially invite academics in the field of IP law to submit papers for this conference. All papers will be evaluated by the program committee.

Possible topics include

  • IP and Access to Technology
  • IP and Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain Technology and IP
  • Data Mining and IP
  • Entertainment Industry and Copyright Protection
  • Platforms and Liability for Copyright Infringement
  • TRIPS Agreement and Access to Medicines
  • TRIPS Plus Agreement – A Challenge to Public Health
  • TRIPS Agreement and the Balance between IPR and Public Policy Interests
  • TRIPS Waivers
  • Patent Law and Public Health
  • Compulsory Licensing of Patented Drugs
  • Patent Rights v. Health Rights
  • Sustainable Development and IP
  • IP and Economics
  • Biological Diversity and IP
  • IP in the EU, US, China and India from a comparative legal perspective

Any presentation in the area of trademark law, copyright law or patent law is welcome. The scope of your application should not exceed one DIN A4 page.

The conference language is English. The time for the presentation is limited to 20 minutes (including discussion). All papers will be published in (peer reviewed) conference proceedings.

The following deadlines are to be considered:
Last date for submissions: 30th June 2024
Feedback regarding the acceptance of the application: 31th Juli 2024

Program Committee:
Prof. Mike Mireles, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Prof. Dr. E. Prema, VITSOL Chennai
Prof. Dr. Rajavenkatesan, VITSOL Chennai
Assoz. Univ.-Prof. MMag. DDr. Patrick Warto, University of Salzburg
Ass.-Prof. Dr. Gudrun Zagel, LL.M. (Austin), University of Salzburg

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