CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017 (26 – 30 June)

We are delighted to launch the CREATe IP Summer Summit (CIPSS’17) at the University of Glasgow! This year’s theme is ‘Open Science and Open Culture’ with a special focus on development in the Global South.

Openness is an aspirational goal to build transparent and participative societies. Does this conflict with international IP policy that prescribes complex arrangements of exclusive property rights as part of the global free trade area? The 1994 WTO TRIPS agreement sets minimum standards of protection for copyright, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs and patents, restricting the use of knowledge goods in order to encourage their production. A development agenda for copyright law, in particular, has remained polarised. Rules were set at a time when countries in the Global South ‘were barely at the threshold of the digital revolution‘.

The “Open Science and Open Culture” summit lays the foundation to assess if countries in the global south need to move through traditional closed scientific and cultural models first. Are there opportunities to ‘leapfrog’ to open access and open data practices in educational resources and science, and to participatory digitization and disintermediated access to markets in relation to culture? What are the regulatory flexibilities, and legal and social hurdles to realising the benefits of openness?

The academic programme is led by CREATe academics with guest speakers from National Law University (Delhi), and, includes key influential stakeholders in the ‘open’ movement, with representatives from organizations such as the UK IPO, HEFCE,  Scottish Power & the European Commission tbc, presenting their organizational views. The summit takes an interdisciplinary approach through the use of most recent research, panels, practical exercises, group activities and case studies.

Date and Main Venue
* Monday 26 – Friday 30 June 2017
* No. 10, The Square, University Avenue, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland (UK)

Sessions will include (full timetable tbc):
* Openness and IP: Where are we today? / Prof. Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow)
* Open policy making in the cultural space/ Margaret Haig (UK IPO)
* Open access policy in education and research – what can the global south learn from UK HE? / Claire Fraser (HEFCE)
*Enabling Open Science through Open Access Licences/ Dr Thomas Margoni (University of Glasgow)
* How do consumers behave in an ‘open’ world? IP implications of remix culture/ Dr Kris Erickson (University of Glasgow)
* Empirical Methods in ‘Open IP’ Research/ (Guest Speakers/ NLU Delhi tbc)
* Is ‘open’ the only alternative to closed, traditional IP? How about a mixed approach, learning from business and strategy? Dr Sukhpreet Singh (University of Glasgow)
* Making visual culture ‘open’ – challenges and opportunities (Case Study: Edwin Morgan)/ Annotator Tool Demo / Ms. Kerry Patterson & Mr. Jesus Perez
* Open Science and technical challenges for researchers/ OMEBA Tool Demo/ Mr. Jesus Perez
* Text and Data Mining and Legal Interoperability from an Open Access perspective/ Dr Giulia Dore

Industry Visit
* Visit to Scottish Power HQ and talk by Open Innovation team on how Open Innovation benefits the public sector?

Interactive Activities:
* Evaluating and analysing copyright studies for the Copyright Wiki.
* Diligent search exercise using the EnDOW platform beta

Who is this summit meant for?
CIPSS’17 is aimed at students, industry professionals, and the public sector.

* Students may be postgraduates, PhDs or postdoctoral researchers, having an interest in ‘openness’.
* Industry professionals can be from the commercial or the not-for-profit sector, the sharing economy, or NGOs working in this field.
* The public sector can include government officials such as civil servants and policy makers, whose job requires them to have an understanding of how ‘openness’ interacts with the international IP regime.

There are no pre-requisites to join the summit.

How will you benefit from this summit?

* Acquire a deeper knowledge of ‘openness’ and its link to IP, as it relates to open culture and open science (incorporating open access).
* Understand open alternatives to IP as tools for economic, social, cultural and technological development
* Prepare for postgraduate or postdoctoral academic study in this area
* Network and share best practices

Number of places
* Overall we have 30 places available.
* We will offer a discount (few places available) to current University of Glasgow students and alumni. Please email the summit organiser, current students may use their University email id, on how to book.
* A group / block booking discount is available – please get in touch to find out more.

Each summit delegate will receive:
* CREATe Certificate of Attendance
* Opportunity to publish a written piece on the CREATe site
* Scottish Scarves weaved with the CREATe tartan

Social Events:
* Welcome Reception
* Half-day sight-seeing tour of historic Scottish monument (tbc).

Summit Fee (includes Refreshments, Lunches & Social Events)
Individual Delegate  £1000 GBP
[Early bird discounted fee until 30 April 2017 is £900 GBP)

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The University halls of residence offer discounted accommodation over the summer months. You may book here.

Visa to travel to UK (for non-EEA nationals)

Please click here for further details on how to apply for the Standard Visitor Visa (Business Visitor) which allows you to travel to UK for events such as this conference.

Upon request, the conference organiser will issue (by email and post) a standard invitation letter (to registered delegates only) on headed paper bearing the logo of the University of Glasgow and CREATe, to support a UK visa application. Please note delegates will need to carry the invitation letter in their hand luggage when they travel even if they have been awarded a visa before coming to the UK Border (in case a UK Border Officer asks for evidence of the reason to travel to the UK – this happens occasionally).

The conference organisers do not have any influence on whether a travel visa is granted or not. Delegates should make their own inquiries. If your UK visa is refused, the conference organiser will only be liable to refund the conference fee (documentary evidence will be required).

Cut-off Date

In the unlikely event that we do not have enough participants to run this event by 15 May, the event will be cancelled and any fees paid to us fully refunded. Please note we are not responsible for any other charges incurred due to cancellation of this event.

CIPSS’17 Organiser

Dr Sukhpreet Singh (email)
Senior Lecturer & CREATe Programme Leader
University of Glasgow

Download summit poster.

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